Photos- The Yana Kunitskaya Story

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Yana Kunitskaya was born in 1989 in the city of Murmansk. She belongs to a sports freak family Her mother, Olga Kunitskaya, was a professional gymnast and her father, Joseph, was a professional skier. Yana became involved in martial arts early on in her childhood. She has over 12 years of experience

competing in taekwondo and has won numerous tournaments among both girls and boys, with many fights ending in knockouts. When she was 16 years old, Yana went to live and study in St. Petersburg, she entered the SPGUFK team. Lesgafta, Department of boxing. At age 18, she started practicing mixed martial arts.













Kunitskaya made her professional mixed martial arts debut in 2009 at a K-1 World grand Prix  event in Poland. She defeated Magdalena Jarecka by TKO in the first round.

After winning two of her next three fights, Kunitskaya faced unbeaten prospect Cindy Dandois at M-1 Challenges XXII in 2010. She defeated Dandois by TKO in just 34 seconds.

On November 19, 2011, Kunitskaya faced Arune Lauzeckaite at Bushido Hero’s – World Grand Prix Lithuania. She defeated Lauzeckaite by TKO in the first round

Kunitskaya faced Ekaterina Saraykina at Verdict Fighting Championship 1 in 2012. She defeated Saraykina by TKO in round one

In 2012, Kunitskaya defeated Sylwia Kusiak by TKO in round one at Baltic Arena in Koszalin, Poland.

Prior to joining Invicta FC Yana fought almost exclusively in Russia Kunitskaya would build her record to 7 wins and 2 losses before signing to Invicta FC.












Yana defeated Tonya Evinger for the Invicta FC Bantamweight title in 2016. On December 1, 2016 the win was overturned to a no contest, so Evinger retained her title.

Kunitskaya faced Evinger in a rematch in the main event of Invicta FC 22 in 2017. She lost the fight by submission in the second round.

Kunitskaya defeated Raquel Pa’aluhi at Invicta FC 25 on August 31, 2017 to win the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.


Kunitskaya is scheduled to make her UFC debut on March 3, 2018, against Cris Cyborg at UFC 222 for the featherweight title.


UFC: Yana Kunitskaya training with Holly Holm at Jackson-Wink Academy for Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg booked to defend her Featherweight Title as UFC 222’s new main event


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