Yana Kunitskaya competes in the biggest fight of her career this Saturday when she challenges Cris Cyborg for the featherweight title in the main event of UFC 222.
Kunitskaya (10-3-0, 1 NC) is very confident she is going to shock the world by becoming the first woman to beat Cyborg in the UFC. The 28-year-old feels as though Cyborg isn’t as powerful as most people think.
“I know that she’s strong, but I don’t think she has that strong of knockout power,” Kunitskaya told MMAJunkie. “She has no clean knockouts where girls go down, like Holly (Holm) have. But yes, she’s very tough. She finishes all the fights by technical knockout. I think I’m strong, too, strong enough to compare with her.”
“It’s amazing to be a UFC champion, and it’s a lot of things,” Kunitskaya said. “First time (in the octagon), first Russian girl to be fighting for a belt, and first genuine Russian who won the title. But for me, it’s more important that I can win against Cris Cyborg. It’s more exciting.”
UFC 222 takes place this Saturday March 3 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card headlined by Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.