Former strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz will get very candid about her future following her loss to Alex Grasso at UFC 238.
A fighter is confronted with many questions after struggling a loss. The UFC is the very best degree a blended marital artist can compete at and any loss is to not be taken frivolously. Losses can have an effect on fighters at each the psychological and bodily degree. For UFC strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz the psychological anguish of her loss to Alex Grasso gave the impression to be extra impactful than any of the bodily injury she took.
Kowalkiewicz (12-5) dropped a unanimous choice to Grasso at UFC 238 on Saturday night time. She is now driving a 3 battle shedding streak and solely has two wins in her previous seven bouts. The loss now leaves the 33-year previous Poland native with many extra questions than solutions.
Kowalkiewicz took to her Instagram account to deal with her followers after the loss. Within the publish she acknowledged that, “Sadly, the painful fact is that one of the best years and the highest of the shape are already behind [me].” Grasso is eight years youthful that Kowalkiewicz and has been a extremely touted prospect since coming into the UFC in 2016.
Any loss is hard however Kowalkiewicz appears to be promoting herself quick if she thinks she is over the hill. Her final three losses have come to Grasso, a extremely high prospect, Michelle Waterson, who’s on the high of the contender’s checklist, and present champion Jessica Andrade. Kowalkiewicz has been dealing with high tier expertise ever since coming into the UFC. Her different two loses have been to Claudia Gadelha, one other former title contender and former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. If she was shedding to fighters who’re on the backside of the division then possibly it’s time to fear about whether or not or not she ought to preserve combating.
We are able to have a look at battle stats and win/loss information all day however solely fighter really is aware of if they will nonetheless compete on the highest degree. “I left my complete coronary heart on this battle, however sadly one thing ran out. I’m not the identical participant [I was]”, she acknowledged in her publish. Kowalkiewicz is aware of higher than any of us about how her physique can react to coaching and combating for for much longer.
Kowalkiewicz did give her followers a small glimmer of hope, “I’ll be again and I’ll give good fights.”