Yana Kunitskaya is back in action this Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 4 in Wichita, Kansas for her third fight in the octagon.  

Kunitskaya trained in taekwondo before moving on to hand-to-hand combat tournaments, and then to boxing during her college years. She eventually transitioned to MMA as an 18-year-old and developed into one of Russia’s top female mixed martial artists.  

Kunitskaya is part of a small group of fighting mothers in the UFC, joining fellow athletes Cat Zingano, Michelle Waterson and Sara McMann as athletes who have continued their fighting careers after having children.

Initially, Kunitskaya retired after becoming a mother and moved into coaching.

But after three years away from the cage, the urge to compete proved too big to ignore and Foxy announced her return to professional competition with all-female promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.

Kunitskaya returns to action this Saturday in Wichita as she takes on fellow bantamweight contender Marion Reneau on the preliminary card.

Reneau is looking to bounce back into the win column after losing out to Zingano in her last fight, while Kunitskaya can claim back-to-back wins in the UFC with victory over ‘The Belizean Bruiser’ in Kansas.

Not sure how she got the nickname Foxy?

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