The polish Karolina Kowalkiewicz meets the “Karate Hottie” for a ranked spot in the flyweight rankings after getting brutally knocked out by Jessica Andrade in her last fight. Waterson last was seen outpointing Felice Herrig. Karolina is a Muay Thai striker that likes to march forward on the feet and throw a lot of volumen to outwork and overwhelm opposition in order to win rounds beacuse she has little stopping power. She is very strong and effective in the clinch which is probably the strongest aspect of her game. There is not much more to be said about her game.

Waterson will be the smaller fighter here. She prefers to use his Karate background to mostly kick, seldom throwing hands in the open, keeping opposition at bay, and if they get close enough she is quickly to try and shoot reactive takedowns, either on the open or from the clinch bodylock she favours. This should be a close fight but I think Waterson is gonna be able to mix in some takedowns to win the rounds she needs to get the decision, and she also has a grappling advantage on the ground where she is a much more proven submission threat. The pick here is Waterson to win, and a submission is a possibility with a lot of value at the current odds.