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Yana Kunitskaya laughs through the pain after grueling UFC Wichita win

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Wichita-Reneau vs Kunitskaya Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Yana “Foxy” Kunitskaya had a hard night in the cage during Saturday’s UFC Wichita prelims, taking some pretty serious shots to the face that left her nose broken and eye swelled shut by the end. She did, however, still manage to earn the win over Marion Reneau on the judges’ scorecards (29-28x3). That was enough to make her happy, as a post-fight Instagram shows.

The video post showed a bruised and blood covered Kunitskaya in a hospital bed with a medical mask covering the lower half of her face.

”So ... Ray says this is funny,” she says, referring to her coach Ray Sefo. “You laughing? Yeah, I don’t think this is funny.”

”I’m okay, guys,” she says as she starts to laugh herself.

”You gotta laugh about it!” Sefo says as he continues to chuckle.

A follow up Instagram photo gave more news on her condition.

”Thank u everyone for kind words,” Kunitskaya wrote. “It’s mean a lot for me. Most of u worry about my face. Flying back to Vegas today to fix it! Will be good next week.”

The win over Marion Reneau improves Yana’s record to 12-4 MMA and puts her on a two fight win streak. Her sole defeat thus far in the UFC was her debut match against Cris Cyborg, which saw the Russian fighter suffer a TKO loss 3:25 into the first round. She’s seeing much more success now that she’s back at bantamweight, although she’d obviously prefer to take less damage in the future.

“I am sure I can do better than this but still we got the W,” she wrote immediately after the UFC Wichita win.

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