Strawweights Michelle Waterson, Karolina Kowalkiewicz Booked for UFC on ESPN 2 in Philly

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 8, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming trip to Philadelphia has its first bout, as Michelle Waterson will square off against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the strawweight pairing to ESPN on Tuesday. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in “The City of Brotherly Love” and will air on one of the ESPN television networks.

Waterson is coming off a 2-0 campaign in 2018 in which she earned decision victories over Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey-Sanchez. The 33-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA product is 4-2 in the UFC and 16-6 as a professional overall.

A former 115-pound title challenger, Kowalkiewicz had a two-bout winning streak snapped in her most recent outing, when she suffered a first-round knockout loss to Jessica Andrade at UFC 228. The Polish standout is 5-3 in the Octagon, a record that includes a notable victory against current champion Rose Namajunas.

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