On Oct. 7 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Belbita (15-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) faces Kowalkiewicz (15-7 MMA, 8-7 UFC) in what will be the second appearance of the year for both fighters. MMA Junkie confirmed the matchup with two sources following the bout appearing on the ESPN event schedule.
The UFC Fight Night event features a lightweight matchup between Grant Dawson and Bobby Green, and will air live on ESPN+.
Belbita, 27, will look to keep the momentum going following a unanimous decision win over Maria Oliveira at UFC 289 in June. If successful, she will get back to .500 in her young UFC tenure.
However, standing in her way will be Kowalkiewicz, 37, who is in the midst of a late career resurgence as a winner of three straight. The Polish fighter was thought to be on her way out after dropping five straight through 2018-21, but has since turned things around with consecutive wins over Felice Herrig, Silvana Gomez Juarez and Vanessa Demopoulos.
With the addition, the current UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 7 includes:
Grant Dawson vs. Bobby Green
Joaquin Buckley vs. Alex Morono
Diana Belbita vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Drew Dober vs. Ricky Glenn
Chris Gutierrez vs. Montel Jackson
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Joe Pyfer
Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Kanako Murata
Bill Algeo vs. Alexander Hernandez
Johnny Munoz vs. Aori Qileng
Nate Maness vs. Mateus Mendonca
Khusein Askhabov vs. Daniel Pineda
Ion Cutelaba vs. Philipe Lins
Montana De La Rosa vs. Stephanie Egger