Fights on Tap: Holly Holm vs. Yana Kunitskaya among 16 UFC bouts announced

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions. We have one more event…

By: Kristen King | 12 months ago
Fights on Tap: Holly Holm vs. Yana Kunitskaya among 16 UFC bouts announced
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Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

We have one more event in 2022, and it should be a good one! Up next is the cross-promotional delight, RIZIN 40: RIZIN FF vs. Bellator MMA, which goes down on Sat., Dec. 31, at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Hopefully, your New Year’s Eve plans include some festive fisticuffs. Before the year ends, let’s look at what we have ahead of us on the upcoming schedule.

The UFC either announced or finalized 16 fights this week, and a former champion is set for her return.

Holly Holm wanted to fight in the first quarter of 2023, and she got her wish. The ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ will share the Octagon with Yana Kunitskaya at UFC San Antonio, the upcoming Fight Night event scheduled for March 25 at the AT&T Center.

The former UFC bantamweight champion has not fought since losing a split decision to Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 55 in May. Her opponent, Kunitskaya, has spent time away from competition following her first-round TKO loss to Irene Aldana at UFC 264 last July.

UFC Fight Night Vegas 67 — January 14

Javid Basharat vs. Mateus Mendonça — bantamweight
First rep. by Diego Ribas of Ag Fight

UFC 283 — January 21

Daniel Marcos vs. Saimon Oliveira — bantamweight
First rep. by Gino Alva of El Comercio Peru

UFC Fight Night Vegas 68, aka: UFC Seoul — February 4

Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac — heavyweight
Lewis vs. Spivac was already finalized, but shifted from UFC Vegas 65 to UFC Vegas 68, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland

UFC 284 — February 11

Joel Álvarez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov — lightweight
First rep. by KOIMeneroMMA of Eurosport España

UFC Fight Night Vegas 69 — February 18

Lina Länsberg vs. Mayra Bueno Silva — women’s bantamweight
First rep. by Diego Ribas Ag Fight

UFC Fight Night Vegas 70 — February 25

Erick Gonzalez vs. Darrius Flowers — lightweight
First rep. by MMA Island
Andre Fili vs. Lucas Almeida — featherweight
First rep. by Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland
André Muniz vs. Brendan Allen — middleweight
First rep. by Diego Ribas of Ag Fight
Augusto Sakai vs. Don’Tale Mayes — heavyweight
First rep. by Guilherme Cruz and Mike Heck of MMA Fighting

UFC 285 — March 4

Cody Garbrandt vs. Julio Arce — bantamweight
First rep. by Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland

UFC Fight Night: The Theater at Virgin Hotels, Vegas — March 11

Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti — bantamweight
First rep. by MMA Island

UFC 286, aka: UFC London 2023 — March 18

Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze — middleweight
First rep. by Brett Okamoto of ESPN
Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina — women’s flyweight
First rep. by Diego Ribas of Ag Fight

UFC San Antonio — March 25

Chidi Njokuani vs. Albert Duraev — middleweight
First rep. by Iridium Sports Agency
C.J. Vergara vs. Daniel Da Silva — flyweight
First rep. by Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie
Holly Holm vs. Yana Kunitskaya — women’s bantamweight
First rep. by Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting



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Announced Bellator fights:

Bellator 290 — February 4

Chris Gonzalez vs. Max Rohskopf — lightweight
First rep. by Amy Kaplan of Fansided
Jaylon Bates vs. Jornel Lugo — bantamweight
First rep. by Amy Kaplan of Fansided
Diana Avsaragova vs. Alejandra Lara — women’s flyweight
First rep. by Danny Segura of MMA Junkie


Announced Invicta FC fights:

Invicta FC 51 — January 18

Taneisha Tennant vs. Talita Bernardo — women’s bantamweight
Kristina Williams vs. Ketlen Souza — women’s flyweight
Serena DeJesus vs. Olga Rubin — women’s bantamweight
Claire Guthrie vs. Auttumn Norton — women’s bantamweight
Marisa Messer-Belenchia vs. Elisandra Ferreira — women’s atomweight
Katie Saull vs. Rayanne Amanda — women’s atomweight
Fatima Kline vs. Laura Gallardo — women’s strawweight
Tanya Nijjar vs. Sayury Canon — women’s strawweight


Announced Cage Warriors fights:

Cage Warriors 148 — December 31

Emrah Sonmez vs. Adam Meskini — featherweight
Hello Hernandez vs. Chasen Blair — welterweight


Announced KSW fights:

KSW 78 — January 21

Michał Materla vs. Kendall Grove — middleweight
First rep. by Tudor Leonte of Sherdog

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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