Former strawweight No. 1 contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz will face six-time Invicta Fighting Championships veteran Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118.
Promotion officials confirmed the 115-pound matchup on Wednesday. UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. A headliner has not been announced for the card.
Kowalkiewicz, 31, enters the bout on a two-fight losing streak. After dropping a five-round verdict to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a title bout at UFC 205, the Lodz, Poland, native was submitted in the first-round by Claudia Gadelha in her most recent outing at UFC 212. Kowalkiewicz began her professional career with 10 straight victories, including three in UFC competition.
An injury forced Esquibel to withdraw from a shot at Invicta’s vacant strawweight title last week. The Jackson-Wink MMA product posted a 4-2 mark in the all-female organization and is coming off a split-decision over DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 22 on March 25.