Girl power will take over The Garden in November.
Two marquee women’s fights have been added to UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden. A women’s strawweight title fight between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Polish compatriot Karolina Kowalkiewicz will be held, as well as a bantamweight bout between former champ Miesha Tate and Raquel Pennington.
Jedrzejczyk (12-0, 6-0 UFC) is currently the second longest reigning UFC champion behind only flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, defending her belt three times since winning the title at UFC 185 in March 2015.
Jedrzejczyk will have one of her toughest tests yet in Kowalkiewicz (10-0, 3-0 UFC), the No. 2 ranked strawweight in the UFC. The pair met during their amateur days with Jedrzejczyk winning via submission. ESPN reported that this will not be the main event for the card, the UFC’s first in New York since the ban against MMA was overturned earlier this year.
Tate (18-6, 5-3 UFC) will return for her first bout since losing the bantamweight title to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 200. In her first defeat since 2013, Tate was submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round after being dominated on the feet and ground by Nunes.
Tate will face one of the few bantamweights in the top 10 she has yet to fight when she meets Pennington. A veteran of six UFC fights, Pennington is currently riding a three-fight win streak that includes victories over Jessica Andrade and Bethe Correia.
Jedrzejczyk’s fight with Kowalkiewicz is the first title fight officially announced for UFC 205. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley said last weekend that he will defend his title against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson that night as well, but the UFC has not yet made it offical.