Yana Kunitskaya

Foxy

Russia

Out
Injury Personal
Est. Return 5/1/2022
Announces pregnancy
BantamweightUFC
Out
August 16, 2021
Kunitskaya announced via her personal Twitter account that she is expecting, but will return to fighting in 2022.
ANALYSIS
It was just over a month ago that Kunitskaya was finished via Round 1 TKO at UFC 264, but the bantamweight contender will now formally take some time off as she prepares for the birth of a child. Set to turn 32 years old in November, Kunitskaya appears set on a return to MMA the following year.
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Hammered by Irene Aldana
BantamweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2021
Kunitskaya lost to Irene Aldana via TKO (punches) at 4:35 of Round 1 at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a dreadful effort for Kunitskaya on the heels of back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Ketlen Vieira and Julija Stollarenko. She started out reasonably well, but one massive left hand from Aldana floored Kunitskaya and she was never able to recover. Kunitskaya was a betting underdog leading up to fight week, but found herself a -120 favorite when the bout kicked off due to the fact Aldana missed weight by 3.5 pounds on Friday morning. At least Kunitskaya walked away with 30 percent of Aldana's purse for agreeing to fight a heavy opponent. There isn't much to see here.
Fighting heavy opponent
BantamweightUFC
Out
July 9, 2021
Irene Aldana will forfeit 30 percent of her purse against Kunitskaya after weighing in 3.5 pounds over the women's bantamweight limit Friday morning, Jose Youngs of MMA Fighting reports.
ANALYSIS
Kunitskaya will have a five-pound disadvantage against her opponent heading into Saturday night's meeting. She's come out victorious in two straight fights and a win over Aldana would put her another step closer to a future title fight.
Will face Aldana at UFC 264
BantamweightUFC
Out
May 4, 2021
Kunitskaya will take on Irene Aldana in a bantamweight bout at UFC 264 at July 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Kunitskaya will be making her first start since February 20 when she defeated Ketlen Vieira by unanimous decision. Kunitskaya will be looking to win her 15th career win as a professional. Aldana will be coming in off foot surgery six months back.
Wins close decision as big underdog
BantamweightUFC
Out
February 20, 2021
Kunitskaya defeated Ketlen Vieira via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Despite losing Round 1, Yana rallied and dominated Round 2 while finishing strong in Round 3, which helped her earn the unanimous decision victory. This is Kunitskaya's second win in a row and her most significant win to date. We can expect to see a step up in competition for her. She'll always be competitive in fights that project to be largely stand-up affairs, but Kunitskaya showed a developing defensive grappling game Saturday that will come in handy in the future.
Facing heavy opponent
BantamweightUFC
Out
February 19, 2021
Kunitskaya will move forward with her scheduled matchup against Ketlen Vieira despite Vieira missing weight by two pounds Friday morning, John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kunitskaya hit her mark on the scales without issue Friday morning, but since her opponent did not, she'll end up going home with 20 percent of Vieira's fight purse. As of Friday morning, Kunitskaya sits as a sizable betting underdog of (+230) for the UFC Vegas 19 matchup. She should be able to hold her own in the striking, but it's a perceived ground game disadvantage that's leading to these odds.