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UFC on ESPN+ 26: Karolina Kowalkiewicz takes on Yan Xiaonan

The pressure is on former title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5-0) to perform at February’s UFC Auckland card in New Zealand.

The 34 year old, who hails from Poland, won her first 10 career fights. But she has lost three straight and is 2-5-0 in her last seven contests. Accordingly, she has dropped to No. 14 in the rankings.

It doesn’t get any easier in February as she takes on Chinese prospect Yan Xiaonan (11-1-0, 1NC).

Xiaonan, 30, is making her home country of China proud with her 4-0 run in the octagon. She decisioned striker Angela Hill at UFC 238 in June in her last bout.

UFC Auckland is scheduled for Feb. 22 (Feb. 23 locally) at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Current bouts include:

Paul Felder (17-4-0) vs. Dan Hooker (19-8-0)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5-0) vs. Yan Xiaonan (11-1-0, 1NC)

Vinicius Moreira (9-4-0) vs. Tyson Pedro (7-3-0)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima (16-6-1) vs. Ben Sosoli (7-2-0)

Jake Matthews (15-4-0) vs. Emil Meek (9-4-1)

Magomed Mustafaev (14-2-0) vs. Brad Riddell (7-1-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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