Jessica Andrade knocks out Karolina Kowalkiewicz in UFC 228 co-main event

Jeff Cain
MMA Weekly

The second-ranked women's strawweight Jessica Andrade may have punched her way to a second title shot on Saturday by knocking out No. 4 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the UFC 228 co-main event.

Andrade moved forward from the beginning of the fight and pressured Kowalkiewicz. She stunned the "Polish Princess" with a right hand early in the opening round. Kowalkiewicz retreated and then fired back landing with a combination. Kowalkiewicz moved in the pocket with a flurry of punches and got hit with a thunderous right hand that rendered her unconscious on impact.

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Andrade lost to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211 in May 2017.  The win on Saturday was her third consecutive victory. All three have been over top five ranked strawweight: Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres, and Kowalkiewicz. With top contender Jedrzejczyk having lost twice to champion Rose Namajunas, Andrade believes she's clearly next in line for a title shot. 

"Dana White, I'm ready. I'm here to prove that I'm better than I've ever been. On the 29th of December there's a huge card with both Brazilians fighting for the belt.  I wat to be fighting for a belt there too."

Andrade was referencing UFC 232. The event features a superfight between champions Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.   

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