Yana Kunitskaya and Ketlen Vieira will have to wait a week later to fight one another.
The two were expected to be on the main card of the August 1 event at the UFC Apex. Yet, sources told MyMMANews’ Cole Shelton that the fight has been moved to Aug. 8. The reason for the fight being moved is unknown at this time.
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Ketlen Viera has been moved from the August 1 event to August 8, sources tell me. As of right now, it is unknown why the fight has been moved. #UFC
— Cole Shelton (@ColeShelton91) July 13, 2020
Yana Kunitskaya is coming off a third-round TKO loss to Aspen Ladd back at UFC Washington D.C. last December. Since then, she has been taking time off to heal some injuries and train. She has made it clear on social media she wanted to return sooner but the pandemic halted those plans.
Kunitskaya is ranked eighth in the bantamweight division. Before the loss to Ladd beat Marion Reneau and Lina Lansberg. She also fought for the featherweight title against Cris Cyborg where the Russian suffered a first-round TKO loss. The Russian also challenged for the Invicta FC bantamweight title but had a no-contest and a loss to Tonya Evinger.
Ketlen Vieira, meanwhile, suffered her first career loss back at UFC 245 where she was knocked out by Irene Aldana in what was considered a fairly big upset. Before the loss to Aldana, the Brazilian was 10-0 while being 4-0 inside the Octagon. There, she beat the likes of Kelly Faszholz, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Sara McMann by submission, and Cat Zingano by decision. She is 10-1 as a pro and ranked seventh in the bantamweight division.
In the main event of the August 8 card is a heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Alexey Oleynik.
With the addition of Kunitskaya vs. Vieira that Aug. 8 card now is as follows:
- Derrick Lewis vs. Alexey Oleynik
- Sergey Pavlovich vs. Ciryl Gane
- Chris Weidman vs. Omari Akhmedov
- Beneil Dariush vs. Scott Holtzman
- Yana Kunitskaya vs. Ketlen Vieira
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Munoz
- Tim Means vs. Laureano Staropoli
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Wellington Turman
- Miranda Granger vs. Nadia Kassem
- Peter Barrett vs. Steve Garcia
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime