Yana Kunitskaya reveals that it was the UFC who asked her to make the move up to featherweight

Yana Kunitskaya has revealed that it was the UFC who made the decision to move her up to the 145-pound featherweight division.

Kunitskaya (10-3, 1 NC) signed with the UFC earlier this month and was slated to make her debut as a bantamweight against Sara McMann at the UFC on FOX 28 event on February 24. However, last week the 28-year-old was pulled from the fight and replaced by Marion Reneau.

This past Thursday, Kunitskaya revealed she’ll no longer be competing as a bantamweight and plans to make the full time move up to 145-pounds in a bid to dethrone reigning champion, Cris Cyborg.

Kunitskaya has since revealed in a post on Instagram that it was the UFC who asked her to make the move up to featherweight and not her own decision. The news is promising for fans and fighters who want the UFC to create an actual featherweight division with rankings, rather than a single belt with random challengers moving up from 135-pounds.

Take a look at Kunitskaya’s revelation below.

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  1. Excuse me, but isn’t Yana just another random challenger moving up from 135-pounds? Once she gets destroyed by Cyborg, don’t you think she’ll drop back down to 135 where she might have an actual chance for the title? Hope she at least gets to take a fight against Megan before she faces Cris.

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