A bantamweight pairing of Brazilian finisher, Ketlen ‘Fenomeno’ Vieira, and former Invicta FC featherweight titleholder, Yana ‘Foxy’ Kunitskaya has been reworked for a UFC Fight Night event on February 20th. – with a location or venue for the card yet to be determined by the promotion.
Originally scheduled to meet at UFC Vegas 6 in August, Manaus native, Vieira was removed from the pairing due to issues obtaining a VISA, with Kunitskaya instead taking on Julija Stoliarenko on short-notice – scoring a unanimous decision win.
Returning at UFC 253 on ‘Fight Island’ in September, Viera also rebounded to the win column with a unanimous decision win over grappler, Sijara ‘Sarj’ Eubanks in a main card tilt.
Murmansk native, Kunitskaya herself returned to the winner’s enclosure with her win over the above mentioned, Stoliarenko – notching her third victory in four Octagon appearances. Kunitskaya confirmed the rebooking of the clash on her official Instagram account.
With prior UFC wins over Kelly Faszholz, Ashlee Evans-Smith, and former bantamweight title challengers, Sara McMann and Cat Zingano – Vieira has dropped just one professional defeat; a stunning first-round knockout loss to fellow contender, Irene Aldana at UFC 245 in December of last year.
A five-fight Octagon veteran, Kunitskaya was granted a baptism of fire upon her UFC bow, challenging then featherweight queen, Cris Cyborg for the title – dropping a first-round ground-and-pound stoppage.
Before her UFC Fight Night D.C. defeat to Aspen Ladd, Kunitskaya, who is the partner of recent UFC Vegas 13 headliner, Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos, had managed wins over both Marion Reneau, and Lina Lansberg.