‘I Crippled Myself’- UFC Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz Says She Had Suicidal Thoughts After a Four Fight Losing Streak in UFC

Published 02/25/2021, 8:31 AM EST


UFC strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz spoke to WMMA Rankings and shared some concerning news regarding her state of mind as of late. Kowalkiewicz revealed feelings of heightened depressive thoughts due to her recent UFC run. Karolina Kowalkiewicz is on a four-fight skid in the organization and hasn’t won a fight since April 2018.

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Additionally, Karolina is 2-6 in her last 8 fights prior to which she was a competent contender in the division. However, a recent skid has put a tremendous strain on her mental health and the details of her statement are shocking. The 12-6 fighter who holds a win over former champion Rose Namajunas just can’t seem to get into the groove of things.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz drops a stunning revelation

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Suffering a four-fight skid usually means receiving your walking papers from the company. Kowalkiewicz detailed how fighting for her career in turn trickled over into a fight for her life. She went on to reveal that her love for the sport of MMA is the thing keeping her going through a hard phase.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 03: Claudia Gadelha of Brazil celebrates after her submission victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz of Poland in their womens strawweight bout during the UFC 212 event at Jeunesse Arena on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I crippled myself. I cut, burned. Once, I was even so bad that I took the pills. I wanted to fall asleep and never wake up. I woke up in the hospital… This passion, this love for sport saved my life.”

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It’s hard to face the reality of what fighters go through, especially those who aren’t able to rise to the top. The sport comes in with several nuanced issues that fighters need to overcome on a consistent basis. Additionally, it’s clearly a challenge for someone like Karolina Kowalkiewicz who witnessed firsthand a fall from contender to a fringe veteran. Not to mention, the skid took place suddenly over a short period of time.

However, it’s important to note that her losses have come to exclusively high-level competition in the 115-pound division. She’s fallen to former champions like Jessica Andrade and veterans like Michelle Waterson, who are major divisional players.

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Kowalkiewicz is planning to return to action in either April or May to look to reenter the win column definitively. Furthermore, her long-time Head Coach has advocated against a return. However, Karolina is keen to scalp a win.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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