UFC Fighter Yana Kunitskaya Announces Pregnancy With Thiago Santos

Yana Kunitskaya is taking a break from the octagon. 

On Sunday, Kunitskaya (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) announced on social media that she’s pregnant and doesn’t plan on fighting again until 2022. 

The 31-year-old fighter is engaged to UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago “Marreta” Santos, who commented on the post. 

Kunitskaya, a UFC women’s bantamweight contender, is currently ranked as No. 7 in USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie’s women’s bantamweight rankings. 

She fought most recently at UFC 264 in July, but lost via first-round TKO to No. 5 ranked Irene Aldana. Prior to the loss, she won four of her five fights, including back-to-back wins over Ketlen Viera and Julija Stoliarenko. 

The Russian fighter initially debuted in the UFC women’s featherweight division in 2018, but moved down to bantamweight. 

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Earlier this year, Kunitskaya and Santos played an April Fools’ joke with a fake pregnancy, but sources said this time it’s true. 

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Meanwhile, Santos (21-9) will return in the main event of UFC’s Fight Night card on October 2 against Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker. 

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