UFC 229 results: Yana Kunitskaya muscles way past Lina Lansberg

LAS VEGAS – In her first UFC bantamweight contest, Yana Kunitskaya (11-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) used an apparent power strength to take home a clear decision over Lina Lansberg (8-34 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

The women’s bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 229 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and the main card on pay-per-view.

Lansberg was the aggressor at the opening bell, with Kunitskaya looking to keep distance and utilize her range. Lansberg wasn’t having that, pushing forward and looking for the Thai clinch. Kunitskaya was able to quickly peel her opponent’s hands away and then wrap the body, hip-tossing her for to the floor. After settling into her opponent’s guard, Kunitskaya briefly tried to crank the neck, but Lansberg opened her guard to relieve the pressure. Lansberg then scrambled up to her knees, but Kunitskaya’s pursuit kept her in tight, holding the body as they returned to the feet.

The two exchanged knees in the clinch until Lansberg was able to turn off the cage, but Kunitskaya again was able to toss her opponent to the floor, this time landing in side control. Kunitskaya capitalized with a few heavy punches from the top before the bell.

Lansberg came out firing in the second, but Kunitskaya was there to answer, favoring big kicks from range before pressing into the clinch. Clearly the more powerful fighter in tight, Kunitskaya controlled in the position, but couldn’t stay busy enough to keep it there, with referee Chris Tognoni bringing them back to the center. Once there, Lansberg again served as the aggressor, landing a big right hand to the chin and then another to the body. While briefly staggered, Kunitskaya also seemed to come alive after the exchange.

Kunitskaya again favored the clinch, driving the action to the cage and looking to strike in tight. Lansberg tried to sneak her arm under the neck, but Kunitskaya resisted and changed levels to escape. She briefly exposed her bak in the process but used the cage to keep herself safe before the bell.

Lansberg again pushed the pace to open the third. However, Kunitskaya evaded well and returned fire up the middle. As Lansberg drove forward, Kunitskaya again was able to press her to the cage, this time changing levels and using a single-leg to drag her opponent to a knee. Lansberg refused to stay there, crawling to her feet and moving back to the center, where the action reset before Kunitskaya again was able to latch on to a clinch.

Lansberg fought valiantly against the cage, but Kunitskaya’s power was too much, pinning her opponent against the fence and controlling her there. Tognoni brought them back to the center in the final minute, and Lansberg did land a few clean punches there, but Kunitskaya was able to stick and move and eventually score a takedown in the final seconds, cruising to a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.

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