Yana Kunitskaya collided with Brazilian Bantamweight fighter, Ketlen Vieira at the Co-main event of the UFC Vegas 19. Kunitskaya came into the fight ranked #7 in the division while Ketlen was ranked one above Yana at #6. Both the fighters were looking forward to get a title shot after UFC Vegas 19.
Round 1: Vieira started as the aggressor looking to throw a flurry of punches towards Yana before the Brazilian went for the takedown. Kunitskaya is seen defending against the fence very early in the fight and has an under hook to the right side. Kunitskaya in her effort to defend drives a couple of knee shots towards the Brazilian but Ketlen is firm and can drag it to the mat.
Vieira puts Kunitskaya in bodylock which Yana manages to come out of eventually followed by both the fighters trading knee blows. Yana with half-guard as Ketlen looks to advance. Viera tries to take out Yana’s arm as time winds down. Yana is saved by the bell as the round ends.
Round 2: Kunitskaya is determined to come back from the first round as she starts with a front kick. Vieira wastes no time to counter and goes for the clinch again. But only this time Yana can defend herself from the takedown. Kunitskaya seemed to have the answer for all of Vieira’s ground moves as she was not willing to give up. Somehow Vieira isolates the leg and puts Yana in a tough position. Both are on their feet after a minute of grappling. Vieira puts Kunitskaya on the canvas again but Yana throws punches and elbows to free herself as the second round ends.
Round 3: Kunitskaya is aware of Vieira’s takedowns and is trying her best to keep in range. The Russian is aware and kicks from a distance as Ketlen wastes no time to trip her down. Kunitskaya trying her best to roll away from the canvas but Vieira was really heavy on top. Vieira totally dominant on the floor making Kunitskaya run out of options. Ketlen controlled Yana’s head as she keeps in position.
More efforts from Kunitskaya to get up as she tries turning her knees but Vieira doesn’t let go. Yana and Ketlen trade hooks on the floor. Kunitskaya has found a way to defend Vieira’s choke well and is defending well. The clock’s ticking as Yana tries to break free. Ketlen showed threats of choking her as time winds down. Kunitskaya finally is able to turn around go on top of the Brazilian. There are mere seconds remaining as Yana throws a flurry of punches. The Final round is over.
Result : Yana Kunitskaya def. Ketlen Vieira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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