UFC Rotterdam, which took place of Sunday May 8, was a thrilling event. With multiple Performance of the Night bonuses given out, the knockouts were plentiful. The women on this card held there own in regards to excitement and energy. Dutch native Germaine de Randamie took home a Performance of the Night bonus for her first round KO over Anna Elmose. Equally impressive was the fight between #10 Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Heather Jo Clark. Kowalkiewicz took the victory via unanimous decision over Clark.
#14 Germaine de Randamie showed that she was able to use her size advantage, and take control of the fight right away. She is a former kickboxing and Muay Thai champion and is no stranger to all out wars on the feet. Since coming to the UFC she in 3-1 with two consecutive TKO’s including this most recent over the newcomer Elmose. “The Iron Lady” is looking to move up the ranks of the very crowded Women’s Bantamweight division. Although most of the top ten are either out due to injury or already set with a fight, de Randamie should look to keep active. I good match up going forward could be Liz Carmouche at UFC 201 in Atlanta Georgia.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz is just starting out in the UFC, with her debut being Dec 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox in Orlando, Florida. She won that fight over the Ultimate Fighter alumni Randa Markos by unanimous decision. Her most recent win at UFC Rotterdam came in the way of another unanimous decision, this time over another TUF castmate Heather Jo Clark. Kowalkiewicz should be looking at a big name opponent for her next fight, some good choices could be Paige Van Zant or Jessica Penne. An impressive win over either of those two fighters will secure her in the talks of title contention.
As for Heather Jo Clark, she has had a tough road as of late. This most recent loss drops her record to 7-5. She currently trains at one of the top gyms in America at Xtreme Couture Las Vegas. It is here that she trains with the current Bantamweight champ Meisha Tate. Clark should be looking to secure a win as soon as she can, perhaps looking to jump in if i fighter were to drop out due to injury.
It is a very exciting time in the Women’s divisions. With the Bantamweight title changing hands twice in the last few month, and the Strawweight division being featured on this season of the Ultimate Fighter. Keep your eye here for all the future news and fight announcements.