Yana Kunitskaya
Scheduled for UFC Washington
August 9, 2019
Kunitskaya will square off against Aspen Ladd at UFC Washington on Dec. 7, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
After a rough start to here career against Cris Cyborg at UFC 222, Kunitskaya has picked up a pair of victories via unanimous decision. She owns a two-inch reach advantage over Ladd and has successfully fended off significant strikes at a slightly higher rate, but she has also landed fewer per minute and trails in the majority of the other scoring categories. There is a caveat, however, as Ladd has had her bantamweight license suspended in California, per MMAJunkie.com, and will likely need to provide "extensive documentation" to be allowed to compete at the class.
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Wins second straight fight
March 9, 2019
Kunitskaya defeated Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
It cost her a badly broken nose, but Kunitskaya walked away with the victory she came to Kansas for. While Reneau's shots may have been the most significant ones landed, Yana finished the fight with a 113-64 edge in total strikes landed. Kunitskaya did a decent job of dealing with the physicality of Reneau despite the fact she clearly faded as the fight progressed. A former Invicta Bantamweight Champion, Kunitskaya has the stand up game to win her fair share of fights in the UFC. She has now won back-to-back fights since dropping her company debut to Cris Cyborg just over a year ago.
Matched against Marion Reneau
January 8, 2019
Kunitskaya will take on Marion Reneau in a bantamweight bout at UFC Wichita on March 9.
Kunitskaya bounced back from a loss to Cris Cyborg in her UFC debut in March by beating Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision in October. She'll be facing the 41-year-old Reneau, who is looking to bounce back from a loss to Cat Zingano in her most recent match in July.
Decisions Lina Lansberg for first UFC win Saturday
October 6, 2018
Kunitskaya defeated Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It would total domination for Kunitskaya from the get go. The former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion landed all five of her takedown attempts, ended up with a 142-39 edge in total strikes landed, and racked up nearly two full round (9:55) worth of control time. While a win over Lansberg means little on the grand scheme of things, it was a dominating effort for the 28-year-old Russian. Kunitskaya is a solid fighter and it was nice to see her bounce back from her thrashing at the hands of Cris Cyborg in her UFC debut in March.
Draws Lina Lansberg at UFC 229
August 9, 2018
Kunitskaya will fight Lina Lansberg in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Kunitskaya is the former Invicta Bantamweight Champion, though she lost to Cris "Cyborg" Justino during her UFC debut in March via a first-round knockout. She'll move back down to bantamweight for this one, where the Russian will hold a three-inch reach advantage. Given her standup prowess and experience against some of the top female bantamweights, look for Kunitskaya to enter as a slight betting favorite.
Has no answers for Cyborg in UFC 222 main event
March 3, 2018
Kunitskaya came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Cris Cyborg via TKO (punches) at 3:25 of Round 1 at UFC 222 in Las Vegas.
She ultimately suffered the same fate as every woman that came before her, but credit Kunitskaya for taking a chance in her big opportunity. She managed a pair of takedowns during the brief contest and was even able to take Cyborg's back for a moment. The second Cyborg shrugged her off the fight was over, but at least she tried something different. There was ultimately zero reason to believe that Kunitskaya had any chance of winning this fight and that turned out to be exactly the case. She will undoubtedly get another shot with the company.