BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Karolina Kowalkiewicz plans to dish out a beating at UFC 223 that makes up for the one her credit card has taken over the course of fight week.
Kowalkiewicz, who meets Felice Herrig on Saturday at UFC 223, has been enjoying all the luxuries New York has to offer ahead. For the Polish strawweight that means shopping, and she jokingly said she’ll need to secure a $50,000 fight night bonus to get her bank account in order.
“I love New York,” Kowalkiewicz told MMAjunkie. “I love shopping, and I spent too much money. I need a bonus to pay off my credit cards.”
> View this post on Instagram
Chyba potrzebuje naprawdę dużego bonusu żeby spłacić karty kredytowe 😍 I think i really need a big bonus to pay off my credit cards 😍 I Love NY 😂🤪 #ufc223 #nyc #love #my #job #shopping #relax #kk #stt #poland #lodz 🌳
A post shared by Karolina Kowalkiewicz Official (@karolinakowalkiewicz) on
UFC 223 will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Herrig (14-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) serves as the featured preliminary bout on FS1 prior to the pay-per-view main card.
The matchup between Kowalkiewicz and Herrig is essentially the highest order of 115-pound competition aside from the UFC 223 co-main event, which pits champ Rose Namajunas against former titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Kowalkiewicz had her shot at UFC gold in November 2016 when she lost a unanimous decision to Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205. The goal is to reposition herself as the No. 1 contender in the division, and Kowalkiewicz knows how important a win over Herrig would be in getting there.
>UFC 223 prelims pre-event facts: Karolina Kowalkiewicz in need of statement vs. Felice Herrig
“My biggest dream is to fight for the belt once again,” Kowalkiewicz said. “But right now I’m only focused on Felice, and my biggest goal is win this fight. After this fight I want to have new goals.”
As Kowalkiewicz, 32, made clear, the title is the long-term goal, while beating Herrig is the priority in the short term. Kowalkiewicz knows that won’t be an easy task, either. With a four-fight winning streak, Herrig currently owns the longest active streak of victories in the UFC division.
“She’s a great fighter,” Kowalkiewicz said. “Very complete fighter. She made big progress, and she’s physically very, very strong. I can’t wait to fight with her. … There can only be one winner, and it will be me. I hope so.”
Source : https://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/ufc-223-karolina-kowalkiewicz-title-shot-felice-herrig-shopping-debt