Kickboxing world champion Katya Kavaleva recently announced she is making a transition to mixed martial arts. The 6’5 heavyweight fighter has been posting several training videos on her social media pages as of late and is receiving a lot of hype from the media and fans. Many are speculating she could be a future opponent for the number-one heavyweight fighter in the world, Gabi Garcia. However, one woman who is not impressed is RIZIN FF star Destanie Yarbrough.
Yarbrough took to social media to let her feelings be known.
Honestly it's gonna be a easy win for Gabi. Just cuz Katya is tall doesnt mean she's good. I too wasn't impressed w/ the video 😂
— Destanie Yarbrough (@DestanieYa) August 10, 2017
“Honestly, it’s going to be a easy win for Gabi. Just because Katya is tall doesn’t mean she’s good. I too wasn’t impressed with the video” Yarbrough wrote.
Standing at 6’5”, Katya Kavaleva is a seasoned heavyweight champion in Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo. In 2015 she won a gold medal at the World Kickboxing Championships, with Barbara Nepomuceno coming in as runner-up. Born in Belarus, Kavaleva now lives in South Florida and trains at Combat Club MMA. She previously trained at the Blackzillians, however several of the team’s members left for Combat Club, Kavaleva was one of them, along with UFC standouts Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Rashad Evans.
If Kavaleva is not given the Garcia fight next, a fun fight for her professional MMA debut could be one against Destanie Yarbrough.
Yarbrough (1-1) is the number-two ranked heavyweight fighter in the world. She made her MMA debut back in April 2016 when she defeated Crystal Parson in the very first round via TKO. She showed excellent stand-up skills, and is by far one of the most skilled heavyweights when it comes to the striking aspect of the sport. She faced off against the number one heavyweight fighter in the world Gabi Garcia last September, losing by way of a first round submission. She has since revealed she is keen for a rematch, and says next time she will let her hands loose more.
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Fight fans, what do you think about Yarbrough’s comments? Who would you like to see Katya Kavaleva fight in her MMA debut? Let us know in the comments section below.