On the main card of the UFC Fight Night 168 tournament, the battle of Karolina Kowalkiewicz against Yan Xiaonan was announced. The Polish athlete is ranked 14th in the minimum weight rating, and the Chinese woman is considered one of the most promising female fighters in this division. Xiaonan goes to the UFC for a series of four victories in a row and is considered the favorite of this confrontation. And our task is to make an objective forecast for the winning bet.Who is the favorite?
At what time Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Yan Xiaonan fight?
The fight time is February 22, 2020, at 04:00 PM ET.
Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown ESPN+, ESPN, and PPV
How many wins and losses Karolina Kowalkiewicz have?
Karolina Kowalkiewicz has 12 wins and 5 loss.
How many wins and losses Yan Xiaonan have?
Yan Xiaonan has 11 wins and 1 loss.
Pole began her professional career as a mixed-style fighter in 2012 at the local KSW promotion. In 2015, Kowalkiewicz moved to the UFC and defeated three rivals (including the future champion in the face of Lithuanian Rose Namajuna). In 2016, Karolina entered the title fight against compatriot Joanna Jendzheychik but lost the decision of the judges.
After that, Kowalkiewicz began to have problems. Over the past 2.5 years, the Polish woman lost four fights: Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Andrade, Michelle Waterson, Alexa Grasso. Karolina’s last wins were at the beginning of 2018 – over Felice Herrig.
The growth of the ex-applicant for the UFC title is 160 cm with an arm span of 163 cm. Kowalkiewicz came to MMA with kickboxing and Thai boxing base and then mastered the Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Karolina is distinguished by the ability to control the distance and maintain a high pace. In this case, the weaknesses of the Poles are physical strength and struggle.
The Chinese woman in the UFC so far has everything going smoothly – four wins in four fights (all by unanimous decision). Yang beat Vivian Pereira and Angela Hill. In total, Xiaonan has 13 fights: 11 wins, 1 defeat and 1 failed. Since 2010, the Chinese woman does not know the bitterness of defeat.
It is curious that before the UFC, Yan fought in the atom weight (up to 48 kg), but in top American organizations, there is no such weight category. Xiaonan is 165 cm tall with a 160 cm arm span. A Chinese woman came to MMA with a Wushu Sanda base (like Zabit Magomedsharipov), and she also has good BJ skills.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Yan Xiaonan Prediction
According to experts, the Chinese woman is a favorite of the upcoming battle, although Kowalkiewicz should not be written off. Yan Xiaonan is motivated to enter the TOP division fighters, while the Polish athlete looks mentally prepared for an early career end.
It is possible that Xiaonan will win early wins near the end of the fight. Another likely outcome is the wins of the Chinese woman by the decision of the judges.