Lena Ovchynnikova

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Lena Ovchynnikova
Born Oléna Serhíyivna Ovchýnnikova
(1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 31)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Native name Ле́на Овчи́ннікова
Other names Hunter
Nationality Ukraine Ukrainian
Ethnicity Russia Russian
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 56.7 kg (125 lb; 8.93 st)
Division Featherweight
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out of Lviv, Ukraine
Team Union Gym
Trainer Viktor Lazurko
Years active 2006-present
Kickboxing record
Total 18
Wins 12
Losses 6
By knockout 2
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 12
By knockout 1
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 2
last updated on: January 25, 2014
Lena Ovchynnikova
Medal record
Representing  Ukraine
Women's Kickboxing
ISKA Amateur European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 (Oriental)
Silver medal – second place 2007 (Full contact)
WPKA Amateur World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 (Low kick)
Women's Muay Thai
ISKA Amateur European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007
ISKA European Cup
Silver medal – second place 2008
IFMA Ukrainian Championships
Silver medal – second place Odessa 2010

Oléna "Lena" Serhíyivna Ovchýnnikova (Ukrainian: Оле́на "Ле́на" Сергі́ївна Овчи́ннікова; born April 22, 1987) is a Ukrainian kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division in kickboxing and the flyweight division in MMA.


Lena Ovchynnikova came to prominence as an amateur kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, medaling at various national, European and world championships. She became a world champion in the professional ranks for the first time in 2009 when she won the ISKA Women's World Super Bantamweight (56.4 kg/124 lb) Oriental Championship and the following year, she added two more world titles to her mantelpiece by winning the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) Women's World Super Bantamweight (-56.4 kg/124 lb) belt under both kickboxing and Muay Thai rules.

She challenged Christine Theiss for her WKA world title in Dresden, Germany on November 20, 2010, losing by sixth round knockout.[1][2] Ovchynnikova was then set to fight Jeri Sitzes in a match for the WBC Muaythai Women's International Bantamweight (-53.5 kg/118 lb) title in Haikou, China on December 18, 2010[3] but Sitzes withdrew for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Li Xiao in a non-title fight. She defeated Li by unanimous decision.[4]

Taking the place of Cong Wang who pulled out of the fight, Ovchynnikova faced professional debutant Tiffany van Soest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on October 22, 2011, and lost by technical knockout after retiring in her corner with a broken hand at the end of round two.[5][6] Following this fight, Ovchynnikova forced herself to use only her left hand during rehabilitation which later made her ambidextrous. The pair were scheduled to rematch on July 21, 2012, in Croatia, but it never came to fruition.[7]

Having amassed a perfect 8-0 record in mixed martial arts, Ovchynnikova signed with the Indian-based Super Fight League in 2012. She tasted defeat for the first time as a mixed martial artist in her promotional debut as she submitted to a rear-naked choke from Sanja Sučević in round two at SFL 1 in Mumbai on March 11, 2012.[8] She then lost to Joanne Calderwood by unanimous decision at SFL 3 in New Delhi on May 6, 2012 in her next outing.[9] Returning to Muay Thai, Ovchynnikova was expected to fight Emily Bearden for the IKF women's world bantamweight (-55.4 kg/122 lb) title at WCK Muay Thai: Nakamoto vs. Kitchen in Pala, California, US on August 18, 2012.[10] Her opponent was later changed to Kealani Vanderleest in a non-title affair, however, and Ovchynnikova defeated her by unanimous decision.[11] She was then set to compete in the Shoot Boxing World Tournament Girls S-Cup 2012 in Tokyo, Japan on August 25, 2012 and face Ham Seo-Hee in the quarter-finals[12][13] but was pulled from the card due to problems between shoot boxing and Ovchynnikova's team and was replaced by Lisa Ward.[14][15] She represented the WCK Muay Thai promotion's team against a squad of Chinese fighters from Wu Lin Feng at WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride in Las Vegas on November 11, 2012. Initially, her opponent was Tang Jin[16] but was changed to Xifeng Tang.[17] She lost by UD.[18]

In her return to SFL, Ovchynnikova beat Fathia Mostafa via submission due to a guillotine choke at SFL 16 in Mumbai on April 26, 2013.[19] Back in the Muay Thai ring, she defeated Emily Bearden by UD to be crowned the International Karate Kickboxing Council (IKKC) Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Champion at WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights in Temecula, California, US.[20][21]

On January 25, 2014, she lost a split decision to Xing Jingnan at Kunlun Fight 1 in Pattaya, Thailand.[22]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Lena Ovchynnikova signed with Bellator MMA in 2016, going 2-2 in her first four fights in the promotion. Notably, she was the first-ever female flyweight to appear on a main card for the promotion[23].

Ovchynnikova is next expected to face Denise Kielholtz in the co-main event of Bellator 196 in Budapest, Hungary on April 6, 2018[24].

Championships and awards[edit]


  • Boxxtomoi
    • 2015 Boxxtomoi Muaythai Women's Championship [25]
  • World Boxing Council Muaythai
    • 2014 WBC Muaythai Women's World Flyweight Championship [26]
  • International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
    • 2010 IFMA Ukrainian Championships Silver Medalist Silver
  • International Karate Kickboxing Council
    • IKKC Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship (One time)
  • International Sport Karate Association
    • 2007 ISKA Amateur European Championships Oriental Gold Medalist Gold
    • 2007 ISKA Amateur European Championships Muay Thai Gold Medalist Gold
    • 2007 ISKA Amateur European Championships Full Contact Silver Medalist Silver
    • 2008 ISKA European Cup Muay Thai Silver Medalist Silver
    • ISKA Women's World Super Bantamweight (56.4 kg/124 lb) Oriental Championship (One time)
  • World Kickboxing Association
    • WKA Amateur Women's World Championship (One time)
  • World Kickboxing Federation
    • WKF Women's World Super Bantamweight (-56.4 kg/124 lb) K-1 Championship (One time)
    • WKF Women's World Super Bantamweight (-56.4 kg/124 lb) Muay Thai Championship (One time)
  • World Pan-Amateur Kickboxing Association
    • 2011 WPKA Amateur World Championships Low Kick Gold Medalist Gold

Kickboxing record[edit]

12 wins (? KOs), 6 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2015-04-05 Win Italy Patrizia Gibelli Lion Belt 5 France Decision 3:00 12-6
Wins Boxxtomoi Muaythai Women's Championship.
2014-07-19 Win England Ruth Ashdown WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights 2014 Cabazon, California USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 11-6
Win WBC Muaythai Women's World Flyweight title.
2014-06-28 Loss Poland Sylwia Juśkiewicz Fight Exclusive Night 3 Wrocław, Poland Decision 3 3:00 10-6
2014-01-25 Loss China Xiong Jingnan Kunlun Fight 1 Pattaya, Thailand Decision (split) 3 3:00 10-5
2013-09-07 Win Ukraine Natalia Leskiv Gas Station Fight Club Lviv, Ukraine KO 1 10-4
2013-08-24 Win United States Emily Bearden WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights Temecula, California, USA Decision 5 3:00 9-4
Wins the IKKC Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship.
2012-11-11 Loss China Tang Jin WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 8-4
2012-08-18 Win United States Kealani Vanderleest WCK Muay Thai: Nakamoto vs. Kitchen Pala, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 4 3:00
2011-10-22 Loss United States Tiffany van Soest WCK Muay Thai Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (broken hand) 2 3:00
2010-12-18 Win China Li Xiao WCK Muay Thai: Chinese Grand Prix 2010 (Day 1) Haikou, China Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
2010-11-20 Loss Germany Christine Theiss Steko's Fight Night Dresden, Germany KO 6
For the WKA Women's World Championship.
2010-04-17 Win Austria Elke Beinwachs Vienna, Austria KO (right body kick) 3 2:00
Wins the WKF Women's World Super Bantamweight (-56.4 kg/124 lb) Muay Thai Championship.
2009-12-13 Loss Poland Joanna Gutowska Runda Zero Fight Night Tarczyn, Poland Decision 3 3:00
2009-00-00 Win Morocco Decision
Wins the ISKA Women's World Super Bantamweight (56.4 kg/124 lb) Oriental Championship.
0000-00-00 Win China Ting Ting Jiang WCK Muay Thai Haikou, China
Amateur kickboxing record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2010-05-27 Win Croatia Nevenka Mikulić I.F.M.A. European Muaythai Championships 2010 –54 kg [27] Velletri, Italy Decision 4 2:00
2010-04-10 Draw Poland Monika Porażyńska Kalisz Mayor's Cup Kalisz, Poland Draw 3 2:00
2010-02-00 Win Ukraine Tarnavskaya 2010 IFMA Ukrainian Championships, Quarter Finals Odessa, Ukraine TKO 2
2009-11-21 Win Poland Wojas Marzena Kalisz Mayor's Cup Kalisz, Poland Decision 3 2:00
2009-05-24 Loss Czech Republic Alena Holá WAKO World Cup 2009, Semi Finals Hungary Decision
2009-00-00 Loss Poland Joanna Gutowska Latvia Open 2009 Latvia TKO (right hook) 1

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts record
12 wins (1 TKOs, 8 submissions, 2 decisions), 5 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2017-12-09 Loss Colombia Alejandra Lara Bellator 190 Florence, Italy Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 4:09 12-5
2017-4-14 Win England Helen Harper Bellator 177 Budapest, Hungary TKO (referee stoppage) 2 5:00 12-4
2016-11-10 Win Venezuela Karla Benitez Bellator 164 Tel Aviv, Israel Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 11-4
2016-02-26 Loss United States Rebecca Ruth Bellator 150 Mulvane, Kansas Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 10-4
2014-10-18 Win Ukraine Svetlana Gotsyk WMMAF - World MMA Championship, Day 3 Lviv, Ukraine Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 3:40 10-3
2013-12-14 Loss Belarus Lily Kazak Oplot Challenge 92 Kharkov, Ukraine TKO (punch) 2 0:21 9-3
2013-04-26 Win Egypt Fathia Mostafa Super Fight League 16 Mumbai, India Submission (guillotine choke) 1 3:36 9-2
2012-05-06 Loss Scotland Joanne Calderwood Super Fight League 3 New Delhi, India Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 8-2
2012-03-11 Loss Serbia Sanja Sučević Super Fight League 1 Mumbai, India Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:28 8-1
2011-09-03 Win Russia Eugenia Kostina PAMAU: President's Cup Mariupol, Ukraine Submission (armbar) 1 3:26 8-0
2011-08-19 Win Ukraine Lyudmyla Pylypchak Independence Cup 2011 Lviv, Ukraine Submission (armbar) 3 1:01 7-0
2009-08-23 Win Ukraine Anna Smirnova International Gala Festival Truskavets, Ukraine Submission (armbar) 1 4:12 6-0
2009-04-04 Win Moldova Alina Premilou Ultimate Cage Fighters Championship: 20,000 Dollar Tournament Vienna, Austria Submission (armbar) 1 4:01 5-0
2008-07-07 Win Belarus Olga Prybulska International Gala Festival Gomel, Belarus Submission (armbar) 2 2:20 4-0
2008-04-12 Win Belarus Olga Prybulska ISKA: Europe Cup 2008 Kiev, Ukraine Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 3-0
2007-09-14 Win Ukraine Anna Zubritska ISKA: Union Cup 2007 Kiev, Ukraine Submission (armbar) 3 4:50 2-0
2006-09-09 Win Ukraine Svetlana International Gala Festival Kiev, Ukraine Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 1-0

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


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