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November 11, 1989|
Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||64.0 in (163 cm)|
|Style||Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Team||Jackson Wink MMA Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kunitskaya was born in 1989, in the city of Murmansk. Her mother, Olga Kunitskaya, was a professional gymnast and her father, Joseph, was a professional skier. She has a younger sister, Victoria. 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. At 12 years old, she began competing in hand-to-hand combat (рукопашный бой), participating in a large number of fights without suffering a single defeat. 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.
On August 9, 2012, Kunitskaya announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
In August 2013, Kunitskaya announced the end of her sports career and the transition to coaching but would later come out of retirement from fighting 3 years later.
Mixed martial arts career
Kunitskaya faced Evinger in a rematch in the main event of Invicta FC 22 on March 25, 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Championships and accomplishments
- Invicta Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||10 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||10–4 (1)||Cris Cyborg||TKO (punches)||UFC 222||March 3, 2018||1||3:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3 (1)||Raquel Pa'aluhi||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa'aluhi||August 31, 2017||5||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States||Won the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||9–3 (1)||Tonya Evinger||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II||March 25, 2017||2||4:32||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|NC||9–2 (1)||Tonya Evinger||NC (overturned)||Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya||November 18, 2016||1||1:59||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship. Originally a submission (armbar) win for Kunitskaya; overturned after Evinger appealed the loss due to a controversial referee call. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||9–2||Yanan Wu||TKO (punches)||Fightspirit Championship 6||September 4, 2016||2||0:32||St. Petersburg, Russia||Bantamweight debut.|
|Loss||8–2||Zaira Dyshekova||Submission (armbar)||ACB 32: Battle of Lions||March 26, 2016||1||3:38||Moscow, Russia||Catchweight (137 lbs) bout.|
|Win||8–1||Sylwia Kusiak||TKO (corner stoppage)||Baltic Arena||June 15, 2012||1||0:50||Koszalin, Poland|
|Win||7–1||Anna Melikhova||Decision (unanimous)||Lion's Fights 1: The Beginning||March 3, 2012||2||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||6–1||Ekaterina Saraykina||TKO (punches)||Verdict Fighting Championship 1||February 11, 2012||1||1:05||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||5–1||Arune Lauzeckaite||TKO (punches)||Bushido Lithuania: Hero's Lithuania 2011||November 19, 2011||1||1:34||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Win||4–1||Cindy Dandois||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 22||December 10, 2010||1||0:34||Moscow, Russia||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||3–1||Kamila Bałanda||TKO (punches)||Bushido Lithuania: Hero's Lithuania 2010||November 20, 2010||1||4:26||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Loss||2–1||Maria Hougaard Djursaa||Decision (unanimous)||FG 14: Ice Cold||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Odense, Denmark|
|Win||2–0||Vladena Yavorskaya||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bushido FC Legends||November 28, 2009||1||3:20||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Magdalena Jarecka||TKO (punches)||K-1 World Grand Prix 2009||May 23, 2009||1||1:38||Łódź, Poland|
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