Karolina Kowalkiewicz has is looking to bounce back from a two-fight skid at UFC 238 in Chicago against Alexa Grasso. And while Chicago to some might seem like a irrelevant location to a fight for Kowalkiewicz and Grasso, there might be an element of a home crowd for Kowalkiewicz.
"When I heard that the UFC made an event here in Chicago, I knew I had to fight here because of Polish people, because you have a lot of Polish people," Kowalkiewicz said at UFC 238's media day.
The support of the Polish community at UFC 238 could create the feel of a hometown advantage or at the very least, provide some more energy for Kowalkiewicz as she looks for a win.
It's not the first time she's fought in front of a Polish-American crowd, she's fought twice in New York City which has one of the biggest Polish populations in the United States behind Chicago.
She hopes that Polish community shows up to support her.
"They are very nice and very kind," Kowalkiewicz said of the American-Polish population. "In the arena, when I go to the Octagon for a fight, when I see Polish flag and hear Polish language it is something special for me. I feel like I can fly."
Kowalkiewicz won via unanimous decision against Jodie Equibel in October of 2017 in Poland, the last time she fought in her home country. Her last win, a split decision, came in her subsequent bout at UFC 223 against Felice Herrig in Brooklyn, New York.
Kowalkiewicz plans to stay in Chicago for four days after the fight to experience all Chicago has to offer, but also to explore Polish communities and restaurants.
But that experience will be more enjoyable with a win against Grasso, who also enters the fight after a loss and her UFC record sits at 2-2 after four fights.