Karolina Kowalkiewicz to Face Xiaonan Yan at UFC Fight Night in Auckland

By: Tristen Critchfield
Dec 8, 2019

A strawweight clash pitting Karolina Kowalkiewicz against Xiaonan Yan has been added to the UFC Auckland lineup.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the matchup on Sunday. UFC Auckland takes place at Spark Arena on Feb. 22 and is headlined by a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker. The card will likely air on ESPN+.

A former 115-pound title challenger, Kowalkiewicz enters the bout on a three-bout losing streak. In her last outing, the 34-year-old Pole dropped a unanimous verdict to Alexa Grasso at UFC 238.

Yan, meanwhile, has kicked off her promotional tenure with four consecutive triumphs. The China Top Team representative last appeared at UFC 238, where she outpointed Angela Hill on June 8.

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