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UFC 222’s Yana Kunitskaya: I don’t think Cris Cyborg has strong knockout power

Women’s featherweight title challenger Yana Kunitskaya does not think too much of Cris Cyborg’s knockout power.

Even before she was signed to the UFC, Cris Cyborg was already touted as one of the most dominant female fighters in the game. Before she made her debut with the company in May 2016, she already finished 13 out of her then 17 fights via stoppage, eight of which ended in the first round.

Yet, despite Cyborg’s accomplishments, challenger Yana Kunitskaya does not think too highly of the current champion’s ability to finish opponents.

“I know that she’s strong, but I don’t think she has that strong of knockout power,” Kunitskaya told MMAjunkie in a pre-fight interview. “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.”

The 28-year-old Russian fighter is not at all rattled by the huge opportunity presented in front of her, especially after seeing Cyborg’s most recent fight against Holly Holm at UFC 219 last December.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Kunitskaya said. “Everyone has weaknesses, and her last fight with Holly (Holm), it was five rounds, and it showed a lot. I was getting ready for everything and find holes everywhere – in stand-up and the ground in wrestling. I’m trying to get ready for everything.”

Cyborg and Kunitskaya will be headlining this Saturday’s UFC 222 card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.