The Polish will play host to the UFC this month when UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till arrives in Gdansk on Saturday, October 21. It will be an exciting night of fights, showcasing some of the very best in Polish MMA.
5 Jan Blachowicz
Jan "The Prince of Cieszyn" Blachowicz has been one of the top Polish competitors since his professional debut all the way back in 2007. Fighting in several smaller organizations before the UFC he has notable victories over names such as Houston Alexander, Ilir Latifi, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
A native of Cieszyn, Poland the 34-year-old Blachowicz fights out of Poznan and trains with Ankos MMA, but has also trained with Alliance MMA alongside former opponent Alexander Gustafsson. Jan holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and combined with his stand up skills he is a very dangerous opponent for the majority of 205-pounders.
Although coming off a string of losses I can see him coming back strong in his next fight. Błachowicz is expected to face Devin Clark on October 21, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118.
4 Krzysztof Jotko
Krzysztof Jotko is one of the most promising young Polish fighters in the UFC today. A very talented grappler and all-around mixed martial artist at just 28-years-old he has a veteran's record of 19-3, and since his UFC debut in 2013 he has gone 6-3 with impressive wins over Tamdan McCrory, Scott Askham, and Thales Leites.
Jotko (a brown belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu) has been training with American Top Team since earlier this year and I expect him to make some huge leaps and bounds moving forward with such an incredible team behind him.
He is a very bright prospect in the UFC'S middleweight division despite coming off losses to two tough opponents in David Branch and Uriah Hall. I don't see it setting him back too much though as he still is in his prime years, and the future can only get brighter for Krzysztof Jotko.
3 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a very tough opponent for anybody in the women's strawweight division. Making her pro debut in 2012 she fought for Polish-based promotion KSW and went undefeated for her first three and a half years as a professional.
A native of Lodz, Poland she has been a force in the UFC since her debut in 2015, stacking up notable wins against Randa Markos, Heather Jo Clark and Rose Namajunas. She is ranked number #2 in the strawweight division.
Her most notable fights though have been her last two fights both losses against the very best in the division in Claudia Gadelha and the strawweight champion fellow Polish fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Karolina showed her skill and toughness in her performance against the champ and gave Joanna one of if not the most competitive fight she has been in so far. Taking her the full five rounds in what was a very close fight.
I see her challenging for a title again soon as she is one of the strawweight divisions best fighters. Karolina is scheduled to face Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118 on October 21, 2017.
2 Marcin Tybura
One of the heavyweight divisions top prospects Marcin "Tybur" Tybura has been on a tear of late. A professional competitor since 2011 he has compiled a record of 16-2 and has fought for many promotions most notably M1 Global.
Tybura made his UFC debut in May of last year. He has since amassed a record of 3-1 in the promotion, winning his last three fights impressively against Andrei Arlovski, Viktor Pesta, and Luis Henrique.
The 31-year-old Tybura stands at 6'3" and is a very strong competitor both on the feet and on the ground as he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He fights out of his hometown of Uniejow, Poland with his team the S4 Fight Club.
A bright prospect in a somewhat lacking heavyweight division, I see Tybura going far if he can get a win with his next fight against his toughest opponent yet the legend Mark Hunt.
Tybura is expected to face Fabricio Werdum on November 19, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
The pound for pound best female fighter in the world and the only Polish UFC Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been like a wrecking ball in the strawweight division cleaning house of every competitor she has faced so far.
Starting her martial arts career in Muay Thai and Kickboxing she is a multiple time world champion in both disciplines and has fought competitively since she was just a teenager.
A native of Olsztyn, Poland she is the pride of Polish MMA and is a resident of the country most of the year when she is not in training camp. She has trained with American Top Team since 2016 and makes her home in Coconut Creek, Florida when she is away from her native Poland.
A pro mixed martial artist since 2012 she made her UFC debut in 2014 against Juliana Lima. Since then she has defended her title five times and has remained undefeated with a pro record of 14-0 overall. With big wins over such names as Jessica Penne, Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha and Jéssica Andrade.
The always exciting "Joanna Champion" is one of the fiercest fighters and best strikers the sport has ever seen with her vicious Muay Thai and Kickboxing skills she walks down her opponents and dominates them with her crisp technique and tremendous work rate.
One of the greatest of all time, Joanna looks like she will never be beaten and will remain undefeated until she retires. I really believe it will take an army to stop Poland's premier mixed martial artist.
Her next fight will be on November 4 at UFC 217 when she faces the always entertaining strawweight up and comer Rose Namajunas.
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