Yana “Foxy” Kunitskaya is a Russian MMA fighter in the bantamweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of December 16, 2019, she is No 8 in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.
Yana Kunitskaya was born on November 11, 1989, in Murmansk, Russia. She became involved in martial arts early in her childhood, starting with taekwondo at preschool age, and won numerous tournaments among both girls and boys, with many fights ending in knockouts.
Yana Kunitskaya made her professional mixed-martial-arts debut on May 23, 2009, at a K-1 World Grand Prix event in Poland. She defeated Magdalena Jarecka by technical knockout (TKO) in the first round. After winning two of her next three fights, she faced unbeaten prospect Cindy Dandois at M-1 Challenge XXII on December 10, 2010. Yana Kunitskaya defeated Dandois by TKO in 34 seconds. Yana Kunitskaya had fought almost exclusively in Russia, and built her record to 9 wins and 2 losses before signing to Invicta FC.
Yana Kunitskaya defeated Tonya Evinger for the Invicta FC Bantamweight title on November 18, 2016. On December 1, the win was overturned to a no-contest, so Evinger retained her title. Yana Kunitskaya faced Evinger in a rematch in the main event of Invicta FC 22 on March 25, 2017, and lost by submission in the second round. However, Yana Kunitskaya defeated Raquel Pa’aluhi at Invicta FC 25 on August 31, 2017, to win the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Yana Kunitskaya made her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) promotional debut at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018, against Cris Cyborg for the featherweight title. She lost the fight by TKO in the first round.
Yana Kunitskaya has a personal professional record of 12-5-0 (W-L-D).
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