UFC Vegas 19 bought off to a sizzling begin with a plethora of superior finishes, and it will finish the evening on the identical word. Nonetheless, immediately earlier than the primary occasion, there was some controversy at bantamweight — UFC President Dana White believes the judges bought issues proper.
At 135-pounds, top-ranked contenders Ketlen Vieira and Yana Kunitskaya took centerstage. After a aggressive grappling heavy contest that noticed round-by-round momentum shifts, “Cunning” would come out on prime (actually) and get her hand raised by unanimous choice.
“She didn’t do something,” White mentioned of Vieira to Kunitskaya over a FaceTime name (by way of Reddit). “You threw all of the strikes. To the physique, to the top, saved punching, by no means stopped punching. Outstruck her 178 to love 16 or one thing. You completely, positively gained that combat.”
A late couple of heavy elbow strikes that bloodied Vieira wound up sealing the deal for Kunitskaya after being managed for 4 minutes and 14 seconds of spherical three per UFC Stats. As talked about by Dana White, the general placing stats weren’t shut. Kunitskaya outlanded her opposition 215 to 35 in whole strikes.
The win places the Russian again on a profitable streak and can certainly increase her up the rankings a spot or two. Now, Kunitskaya targets a possible rematch with the final individual to defeat her, Aspen Ladd.
“Each combat is essential,” Kunitskaya mentioned after the win. “I used to be not pleased with my efficiency towards Aspen. I really feel I can do higher than that. If I might get the rematch, that will be my dream combat. I need to show I can beat anybody.”
Kunitskaya vs. Ladd occurred in December 2019 and noticed Ladd the victor by second-round TKO. It was solely Kunitskaya’s second loss by way of strikes and simply her second within the UFC after her 2018 debut.
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