Karolina Kowalkiewicz welcomes Jessica Andrade to be aggressive: 'I like the pressure'

LAS VEGAS – Karolina Kowalkiewicz says she’s still waiting for her fight contract for Jessica Andrade, but she expects the strawweight title eliminator to take place in September.

Though not officially announced, Kowalkiewicz (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is expected to take on Andrade (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC 228, which goes down Sept. 8 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Reports of the 115-pound matchup came as a surprise, because many expected Andrade to be next for Rose Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). The current champ is taking time off to heal some injuries, though, leaving the door open for Kowalkiewicz to swoop in.

“No (I wasn’t surprised to get the fight),” Kowalkiewicz told MMAjunkie. “Because I want the fight with her. I can’t wait.”

Andrade, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, has won five of six since dropping to the weight class, including a pair of recent wins over Tecia Torres and Claudia Gadelha.

No. 5-ranked Kowalkiewicz, 32, is also riding a two-fight winning streak and has a win over the champ Namajunas on her resume, which she hopes to run back with a win in her upcoming fight.

Andrade, 26, is widely viewed as one of the toughest fights in the division due to her aggressive, high-paced style. However, Kowalkiewicz thinks that approach plays to her advantage.

“I like the pressure,” Kowalkiewicz said. “I know she’s a great fighter, very, very tough. It will be really tough fight, but I like challenge.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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