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Anastasia Yankova
Born (1991-03-01) March 1, 1991 (age 32)
Moscow, Russia
Nickname(s) «Russian Valkyrie»
Nationality Russian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 56.6 kg (125 lb; 8 st 13 lb)
Division Flyweight (125 lb)
Style Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of Moscow, Russia
Team American Kickboxing Academy Thailand
Trainer Mike Swick (striking coach)
Marcio 'Gracinha' Cesar (BJJ coach)
Years active 2013–present
Kickboxing record
Total 11
Wins 9
Losses 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 6
Wins 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 1
By decision 1

Anastasia Yankova (Russian: Анастасия Янькова, born March 1, 1991) is a Russian mixed martial artist and competes in Flyweight division of the Bellator MMA.


Yankova was born in Moscow, Russia. She started training in Kyokushin Karate from the age of six to fourteen, inspired by childhood fascination with "Xena: Warrior princess" on TV. She took a few years break from training to concentrate in school and getting into college. She started her training in Muay Thai after a Muay Thai coach at her fitness gym invited her to join his Muay Thai class, and not long after, she started competing in kickboxing tournaments . She later transitioned into MMA after being a Muay Thai Champion. She often trains at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in Thailand.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Yankova has two professional MMA fights in Russia prior joining Bellator with the record of 2–0. Yankova's MMA debut came under White Rex [de], a promotion branded with neo-Nazi symbols.

Bellator MMA

Yankova made her Bellator MMA debut on April 16, 2016 at Bellator 152 in Torino, Italy. She faced Anjela Pink and submitted Pink via armbar in round one.

On September 16, 2016, Yankova faced Veta Arteaga at Bellator 161 on a catchweight bout (130 Ibs). She edged out Arteaga with a split decision win.

Yankova faced the Greek fighter, Elina Kallionidou, in a catchweight bout (130 Ibs) at Bellator 176 on April 8, 2017 in Torino, Italy. After three rounds of battle, judges awarded the win to Yankova with the score card of (29-28, 30,27, 30–27).

Yankova faced Kate Jackson on May 25, 2018 for the Bellator 200 event at Wembley Arena. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life

Yankova is sponsored by Nike and she was featured in Nike Russian "Made of..." sales campaign short film.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
6 matches 5 wins 1 loss
By submission 3 0
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5—1 Kate Jackson Decision (unanimous) Bellator 200 25 May 2018 3 5:00 The SSE Arena, London, England Flyweight
Win 5—0 Elina Kallionidou Decision (unanimous) Bellator 176 April 8, 2017 3 5:00 Turin, Italy Catchweight (130 Ib)
Win 4—0 Veta Arteaga Decision (split) Bellator 161 September 16, 2016 3 5:00 Cedar Park, Texas, United States Catchweight (130 Ib)
Win 3—0 Anjela Pink Submission (armbar) Bellator 152 April 16, 2016 1 1:35 Turin, Italy Catchweight (130 Ib)
Win 2—0 Chommanee Sor Taehiran Submission (armbar) EFN: Fight Nights Petersburg October 23, 2015 1 2:31 St. Petersburg, Russia Flyweight
Win 1—0 Eleonora Tassinari Submission (scarf hold armlock) White Rex: The Birth of a Nation October 4, 2013 2 0:26 Moscow, Russia
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