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Karolina Kowalkiewicz meets 6-time Invicta FC vet Jodie Esquibel in Poland

Polish strawweight contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) returns home for next month’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, where she’ll take on six-time Invicta FC veteran Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC officials recently announced the new matchup. Kowalkiewicz is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.

While a headlining bout has yet to be revealed, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk. The entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Esquibel is a 31-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA fighter who saw action most recently at March’s Invicta FC 22 event, scoring a split-decision win over DeAnna Bennett, who is currently competing on “The Ultimate Fighter 26.” Esquibel is 3-1 in her past four appearances, all under the Invicta FC banner, with the lone loss coming to fast-rising UFC contender Alexa Grasso.

Kowalkiewicz fights in her home country for the first time in her UFC career. The homecoming comes at a key time for the 31-year-old contender, who came up short in a November 2016 bid for the UFC strawweight title but then suffered a shocking first-round submission loss to Claudia Gadelha at this past June’s UFC 212 results. The back-to-back defeats are the only two losses of Kowalkiewicz’s professional career.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 now includes:

  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 212 staff picks: Forget the staff – MMAjunkie readers are split like never before

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Aldo
vs.
Holloway
Gadelha
vs.
Kowalkiewicz
Belfort
vs.
Marquardt
Bamgbose
vs.
Borrachinha
Medeiros
vs.
Silva
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 45-33
holloway2017
Holloway
(51%)
kowalkiewicz2017
Kowalkiewicz
(52%)
belfort2017
Belfort
(56%)
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
(61%)
esilva2017
Silva
(51%)
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 52-26
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 49-29
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 47-25
trophy copy 2015 Champion
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 47-31
trophy copy 2016 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
marquardt2017
Marquardt
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 45-33
trophy copy 2014 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 42-36
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 38-40
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

The UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday for UFC 212, which features a featherweight title-unification fight at the top of the card.

UFC 212 takes place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is a narrow 6-4 choice over interim titleholder Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC).

Also on the card, Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the unanimous choice over fellow strawweight co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and Paulo Borrachinha (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the 10-0 pick over middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Additionally, Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is a 9-1 pick over fellow middleweight vet Nate Marquardt (35-17-2 MMA, 13-10 UFC), and Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the 6-4 choice over fellow welterweight Erick Silva (19-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holloway, Kowalkiewicz, Belfort, Borrachinha and Silva are the choices, though the results were awfully close.

Check out all the picks above.

And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC 212 Embedded,' No. 5: Max Holloway gets a preview of a hostile Brazilian crowd

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The UFC returns this week with UFC 212, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s pay-per-view event.

UFC 212 takes place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) meets interim champ Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a title-unification bout. Additionally, former strawweight title challengers and top contenders Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) meet in the co-headliner.

In the fifth episode, the fighters head to a crowed open-workout event, where the Brazilians are warmly welcomed. MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets with his countrymen, and all the fighters continue a packed schedule of media obligations.

Check out the full episode above,

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And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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