Yana Kunitskaya


Injury Neck
Est. Return 2/5/2021
Six-month medical suspension
August 12, 2020
Kunitskaya received a 180-day medical suspension following her victory over Julija Stoliarenko last Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Kunitskaya must undergo an MRI on her neck and right arm. If those results are positive, she will be unable to fight again until February 5 unless cleared by an orthopedic doctor.
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Executes game plan in victory
August 9, 2020
Kunitskaya defeated Julija Stoliarenko via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Kunitskaya was the stronger fighter here, and she worked that to her advantage, repeatedly initiating a clinch with Stoliarenko and forcing her up against the cage. It was largely an uneventful 15 minutes, and when it was all said and done, Kunitskaya had the edge in significant strikes by a count of 43-to-6. In total strikes, Kunitskaya collected 209 compared to just 30 for Stoliarenko. Kunitskaya was in danger from a Stoliarenko armbar late in the second round, but managed to survive to the bell. Since losing to Cyborg back in 2018, Kunitskaya has posted a 3-1 record and remains a factor in the bantamweight division.
Gets new opponent for August fight
July 30, 2020
Kunitskaya will now take on Julija Stoliarenko at the UFC event on August 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Kunitskaya was supposed to fight Ketlen Vieira at the UFC event on August 1, before it was moved back a week and then Vieira ultimately withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Stoliarenko has not fought in the UFC since 2018.
Fight moved to Aug. 8
July 12, 2020
Kunitskaya's bantamweight matchup against Ketlen Vieira has been moved from August 1 to 8, Cole Shelton of CBS Sports reports.
The reason for Kunitskaya's tilt against Vieira being delayed one week remains unknown, but the shift will have a negligible impact on either fighter's preparations. Kunitskaya (2-2) is looking to rebound from a loss against Aspen Ladd more than half a year ago in Washington D.C.
Set to fight Vieira in August
June 16, 2020
Kunitskaya (12-5, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Ketlen Vieira (10-1-0) in a bantamweight matchup Aug. 1 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Kunitskaya owns a 2-2 record since making her UFC debut in March 2018, with her most recent trip to the Octagon coming last December. She took on Aspen Ladd in Washington D.C., ultimately losing via TKO in the third round. After more than a half year to train following the loss, Kunitskaya should be able to turn in a competitive showing versus Vieira.
Finished by Aspen Ladd
December 7, 2019
Kunitskaya lost to Aspen Ladd via TKO (punches) at 0:33 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Washington D.C.
It's a disappointing result for Kunitskaya in a fight that may have very well been tied entering it's final frame. The Russian got off to a slow start before settling down in Round 2. She did a nice job of controlling Ladd in clinch situations along the fence, but struggled with her striking defense on the whole. Yana was given ample time to recover by referee Keith Peterson during the flurry that ended the fight and was unable to do so. Kunitskaya is better than your average 135-pounder but not as good as the top women in the division. Expect the 30-year-old to be inconsistent moving forward.