Felice Herrig has been asking for an opponent in the top 10, and she’s finally got it.Herrig (13-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has been booked to face KarolinaKowalkiewicz(11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 223, which takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.Herrig announced the news on her Instagram.
Its official. I will face Karolina Kowalkiewicz April 7 in Brooklyn NY on #ufc223 Im super pumped because Ive been asking to face a top 10 fighter for a while but keep getting the toughest fighters just out of the top 10. This is the match up I asked for. ask and you shall receive. Im excited to show people what I can do against a step up in competition . Im well aware that I will be the underdog in this fight which is ok with me. Ive been the underdog most of my career and I thrive off of it. Bring it on. Ill be readyA post shared by Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) on Jan 22, 2018 at 12:30pm PST
Its official. I will face Karolina Kowalkiewicz April 7 in Brooklyn NY on#ufc223Im super pumped because Ive been asking to face a top 10 fighter for a while but keep getting the toughest fighters just out of the top 10. This is the match up I asked for. ask and you shall receive. Im excited to show people what I can do against a step up in competition . Im well aware that I will be the underdog in this fight which is ok with me. Ive been the underdog most of my career and I thrive off of it. Bring it on. Ill be readyDuring an appearance on MMAjunkie Radio last month, Herrig expressed her desire to fight somebody in the top 10, specifically mentioningKowalkiewicz as an opponent who made sense. Herrig is an honorable mention in the current USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings and is riding a four-fight winning streak. At 33, she still hopes to make a run at the title.Kowalkiewicz, ranked No. 6, has recently recovered from a two-fight losing skid (which included a title effort) with aunanimous-decision winover Jodie Esquibel.
With the addition, the latest UFC 223 lineup now includes:
  • Champ Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for lightweight title
  • Champ Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for women’s strawweight title
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Felice Herrig vs. KarolinaKowalkiewicz
For more onUFC 223, check out theUFC Rumorssection of the site.