Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Jodie Esquibel added to Oct. 21 UFC show

Last night UFC Europe announced on Twitter that Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Jodie Esquibel has been added to UFC Fight Night 118 Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. This show will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and TSN in Canada. Apparently this fight is supposed to be the co-main event but a main event hasn't been announced. I expect that announcement very soon so tickets can be sold. Regular readers of this blog will know that I hate points fighters. This fight features two of the most notorious points fighters in women's MMA. I guess Tecia Torres is the worst points fighter. Karolina is 31 years old from Lodz, Poland. Her record is 10-2. After she lost her title shot, a win over Claudia Gadelha could have got her back into the title picture. Claudia's win sends Karolina back to mid card where she belongs. I never thought she was that good anyway. She's a striker with no power or ground game. She doesn't finish fights. But neither does Jodie. She is 31 years old with a 6-2 record. She trains at Jackson Wink in New Mexico. Most fans will be familiar with Jodie from Invicta. And she was also on TUF 23 but she lost in the first round. Like Karolina, Jodie doesn't finish fights. She's a striker with no power or ground game. Jodie was supposed to fight on last week's Invicta show for a belt. Now we know why she pulled out. I see this fight as three rounds of light sparring with a possible split decision. If Karolina loses, it will be her third loss in a row. Will she take risks to avoid that? I dunno. I guess it depends how things go. But I have never seen either fighter go for a takedown. I don't expect fighters to change styles. Most do what works for them even if it's not very effective.

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