Former UFC strawweight title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5) will return to the octagon at UFC Auckland on February 22. UFC officials announced an upcoming bout between Poland’s Kowalkiewicz and China’s Yan Xiaonan (11-1).
The card which will be held (Sunday, Feb. 23 locally) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand will be headlined by a highly anticipated lightweight bout between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.
Kowalkiewicz, who challenged then champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 205 in November 2016, has seen a recent skid, losing five of her last seven bouts.
Xiaonan is riding a four fight win streak in the UFC, all by way of unanimous decision.
Current UFC Auckland fight card:
Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker
Vinicius Moreira vs. Tyson Pedro
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Ben Sosoli
Jake Matthews vs. Emil Meek
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Brad Riddell
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Yan Xiaonan