A pivotal women's strawweight matchup between former title challenger Rose Namajunas and rising star Karolina Kowalkiewicz has been added to this summer's UFC 201 pay-per-view card, UFC officials confirmed Monday.
Namajunas (5-2) has won three-straight since her debut submission loss to Carla Esparza for the inaugural championship at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale in December 2014. "Thug" is most recently coming off a close unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres. Prior to that, she defeated Paige VanZant and Angela Hill, both by submission.
Kowalkiewicz (9-0) created big waves in her promotional debut, defeating standout strawweight and TUF semi-finalist Randa Markos by decision at UFC on FOX 17 this past December. The undefeated 30-year-old recently followed up with her second UFC victory, a clear decision over Heather Jo Clark.
The card placement (pay-per-view main card, FOX Sports 1 prelims or UFC Fight Pass early prelims) for Namajunas vs. Kowalkiewicz is unknown at this time.
UFC 201 takes place live from Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA on July 30. In the main event, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defends his belt against Tyron Woodley.