If you need a pin-up model flashing cleavage and curves to promote mixed martial arts, don't bother Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Kowalkiewicz (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who challenges Jedrzejczyk (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) for the 115-pound belt in the one of the featured UFC 205 pay-per-view bouts following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass at Madison Square Garden in NY, believes she has the formula to dethrone the unbeaten champion. This is only the second time in UFC history that two current champions in different weight classes face off for the same title. Conor McGregor's much ballyhooed bout with Eddie Alvarez might top the card but fight fans in Poland, who will be cheering longest and loudest when Jedrzejczyk and Kowalkiewicz step into the octagon, likely don't care. He knocked out Robbie Lawler in July to become the new champion. This is what I want to prove in my next fight is that I'm not just the best female striker in the UFC, but I'm a complete MMA fighter. And frankly, fighters should probably be adorned with more cool stuff as they head into the Octagon to battle for pride, cash, and glory. I am No. 2 in the UFC ranking and this is the best I can be because I am still very young. I know I'm not having big boobies.
"I want to build more and more my legacy and I think I've got more attention from USA media since I moved to Florida", she said when we spoke Monday.
UFC 209 would be the third fight card in NY since the ban was lifted.
Since arriving in the UFC, the 29-year-old from Poland has been nothing short of impressive and ranks on the UFC's pound-for-pound list.
It's gonna be a killer fight, and an even bigger event, but why has it taken so long for the UFC to come to NY?
"I wanted to change something in my life". Thompson has won his last seven fights to earn a shot at the title.
The challenger made some fans in New York this week when she went along with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone to visit Ladder 10 in New York City to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. Jedrzejczyk's striking is heavy-handed and often overpowering, eventually causing her opponent to succumb. "I don't like to make predictions".
"I don't like myself in the octagon", she said. This fight is a big challenge for me.
"When (I retire) I'm going to be the ideal wife or flawless mother". The first being UFC 205 this Saturday, and the second is UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany on December 9. So Saturday promises to be an exciting watch for all fight fans, and in particular Kowalkiewicz and Jedrzejczyk fans. "It's a big deal. I love my city, and I'm doing this for them".
But there is no doubting that her striking ability is one of the most deadly in all the women's divisions, and if she get's Kowalkiewicz where she wants her, it could be a hard evening for the challenger. It's the ideal place to be. "I couldn't miss this event, I built this event". "But it's time for a new Joanna, and I'm coming, guys, I'm coming". She wants her stardom to come as a result of her exploits in the cage, and her talent and intangibles already have her well on the way to achieving legendary status in the sport. I want to be a wife, and I want to be a mother for my kids. This is my dream.
The comment prompted welterweight champ Tyron Woodley to call Jedrzejczyk an "original gangster", but it also encapsulates everything that makes her the true heir to Rousey's throne.