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Karolina Kowalkiewicz issues statement on UFC 238 loss: ‘I’m not the same fighter I used to be’

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A third straight loss has Karolina Kowalkiewicz facing some hard realities.

The one-time strawweight title challenger failed to stop her slide this past Saturday, losing a unanimous decision to Alexa Grasso on the ESPN preliminary portion of UFC 238. Kowalkiewicz is now 2-5 since winning the first 10 bouts of her pro MMA career.

On Tuesday, the 33-year-old wrote an earnest Instagram post in which she vowed to continue fighting for her fans even though she feels she is past her prime.

“Congratulations Alexa Grasso, you’ve done a great job,” Kowalkiewicz wrote in Polish (translation acquired by MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin). “Thank you very much everybody for the kind words and support. Don’t worry about me, it could’ve been better, but I’m okay. Bruises on my face are going to heal up soon.”

“I poured my whole heart into my last fight, but something was missing. I’m not the same fighter I used to be. The sad truth is that my best years are already behind me, I’m past prime. There are some young, talented girls, who I need to give up my space to. But don’t worry, I will come back and give you some good fights. Maybe not at the very top, but I will provide you a lot of emotions, just give me a little bit of time. Thank you very much once again!”

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