Yana Kunitskaya will follow in the footsteps of Cris Cyborg, Tonya Evinger, Angela Hill in others, as she has signed with the UFC.
The current Invicta FC bantamweight champion will vacate her crown to take on Sara McMann at UFC on FOX 28.
Kunitskaya (10-3) is 9-2 over her last 11 fights, including a victory vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi that netted her the Invicta FC crown. Among her career highlights is a 34-second TKO vs. Cindy Dandois.
The 28-year-old Russian has stopped eight of her opponents, including seven via knockout. She suffered a second round submission loss to Tonya Evinger in a rematch after initially being awarded the title. That bout, though, was overturned to a no-contest and Evinger handed back the bantamweight belt.
McMann (11-4) had her three-fight win streak snapped by Ketlen Vieira in September, as the former Olympic silver medalist was submitted.
In 2014, McMann challenged Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight belt, suffering her first loss when Rousey stopped her with strikes in the first round. She also lost to Miesha Tate and current champion Amanda Nunes in 2015.
UFC on FOX 28 takes place February 24 from the Amway Center in Orlando. Among the main fights already announced include Yoel Romero vs. David Branch and Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres.
Below is the current fight card:
Middleweight: Yoel Romero vs. David Branch
Light Heavyweight: Jake Collier vs. Marcin Prachnio
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
Light Heavyweight: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
Female Bantamweight: Sarah McMann vs. Yana Kunitskaya