Invicta Fighting Championships bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya has announced that she will be moving to the UFC and will take on former title contender Sara McMann in her debut.
Kunitskaya wrote: “I am so exited to fight this strong girl @saramcmann in my @ufc debut. 😈 24 February Florida 👊 #hungry”
Kunitskaya (10-3-1) gained notoriety in November 2016 when she earned a controversial submission win over then Invicta FC champion Tonya Evinger. The decision was later overturned and the title returned to Evinger. When Evinger got the call to the UFC in 2017 a title bout was announced between Kunitskaya and Raquel Pa’aluhi.
With Kunitskaya getting a unanimous decision win, she claimed the vacant title, but now it is assumed that because she is headed to the UFC, that the title will once again be vacated.
McMann is coming off a shocking second-round submission loss to Ketlen Vieira at UFC 215 in September 2017. Her record sits at 11-4.
UFC on FOX 28 takes place February 24 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and will air on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Current UFC on FOX 28 fight card:
David Branch vs. Yoel Romero
Jake Collier vs. Marcin Prachnio
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders
Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Sara McMann
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