Welcome to the UFC: Yana Kunitskaya

With the UFC heading to Orlando, Florida later next month, Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Yana Kunitskaya (10-3 (1 NC) MMA, 0-0 UFC) took to her Instagram page to announce she has signed with the UFC set to make her debut against former Bantamweight title contender Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC).

Yana Kunitskaya

Photo Credit: Invicta FC

From Murmansk, Russia
Training out of Fight Spirit Gym
10-3, 1 NC
1 Submission (RNC)

How will Yana Kunitskaya fare in the UFC:

Kunitskaya started out her combat career with a background in taekwondo quickly transitioning into boxing and muay-thai. With all the accomplishments on the feet, Kunitskaya feels at home in the striking department. Kunitskaya is good on the feet no matter if it’s from range or in the clinch where she fires high output. Kunitskaya isn’t afraid to get the fight to the mat as her wrestling is sound and if she finds herself on her back, she is well-versed in jiu-jitsu. Despite that level of comfort, Kunitskaya does have a weakness in takedown defense. Wrestlers have found success against Kunitskaya in the past.

How will Yana Kunitskaya match up with Sara McMann:

On paper, this is a very difficult matchup for Kunitskaya as her shaky takedown defense could be exploited by the former Olympic silver-medalist wrestler in McMann. Kunitskaya can easily win if she can keep the fight standing. She’ll need to avoid throwing weak kicks as that presents an opportunity for McMann to catch a leg and plant Kunitskaya on the mat. While Kunitskaya has decent jiu-jitsu skills off her back, it’s hard to imagine the veteran McMann getting caught in any sort of submission while on top in control. Bottom line, this is not the best matchup for Kunitskaya, but anything can happen!

Watch these two square off February 24th in the Amway Center Arena, Orlando, Florida, US for UFC on FOX 28.


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