Yana Kunitskaya vs. Julija Stoliarenko
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Julija Stoliarenko +205 / Yana Kunitskaya -240 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Yana Kunitskaya and Julija Stoliarenko fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.
Yana Kunitskaya enters this fight with a 12-5 record and has won 58 percent of her fights by knockout. Kunitskaya has split her last six fights and is coming off a December loss to Aspen Ladd. Kunitskaya is averaging 5.05 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52 percent. Kunitskaya is averaging 2.39 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53 percent. Kunitskaya is coming off a third round knockout loss at UFC on ESPN 7, a fight that was competitive up to that point. Kunitskaya is now 2-2 under the UFC banner and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in her career. Kunitskaya is a 30-year-old Russian who has a background in taekwondo and boxing, and she’s made a living with her striking and knockout pop. Kunitskaya has produced knockouts in six of her last 10 victories and does some of her best work on her feet and in the clinch. Kunitskaya has had great success with her takedowns in her last four fights and her scrambling and wrestling has certainly improved. However, Kunitskaya could be sharper with her takedown defense. This will be Kunitskaya’s third career fight in Las Vegas.
Julija Stoliarenko enters this fight with a 9-3-2 record and has won 89 percent of her fights by submission. Stoliarenko has won each her last five fights and is coming off a March win over Lisa Verzosa. Stoliarenko is averaging 3.80 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36 percent. Stoliarenko is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Stoliarenko is fresh off winning the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship in a split decision, and she’ll make her first and only UFC fight since The Ultimate Fighter 28. Stoliarenko has a background in Lethwei and is a brown belt in BJJ. Stoliarenko has great size, and she’s an aggressive stand up striker who forces the issue with combinations, mixes in kicks and will land heavy knees in the clinch. Stoliarenko is always busy, always coming forward and she’ll put her opponent to sleep if not able to match that energy. Stoliarenko also has eight submission victories on her resume and all have come via armbar. This will be Stoliarenko’s second career fight in Las Vegas.
This line is a bit surprising to me considering Kunitskaya has been a bit overwhelmed when going up against aggressive strikers, and she’s been knocked out in two of her last four fights. Stoliarenko ha strung together some solid victories as of late, and she’s somebody who forces the issue offensively and can land some power knees and kicks. Stoliarenko is also a highly gifted submission artist, so she’ll have her chances wherever the fight goes.
Maybe I’m crazy, but Stoliarenko and the big plus money is worth a look here.