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Knockout – does this rising Russian talent have what it takes to surpass Ronda Rousey?

Bellator’s rising star dominates promotional debut in the cage, and doesn’t mind using her sex appeal to help her get on top outside of it.
Knockout – does this rising Russian talent have what it takes to surpass Ronda Rousey?

Knockout – does this rising Russian talent have what it takes to surpass Ronda Rousey?

Meet Anastasia Yankova, former Russian Muay Thai champion and current undefeated MMA fighter who is off to a promising 3-0 start. Her most recent fight and Bellator debut ended in the very first round after a dominant performance at Bellator 152 against Anjela Pink.

Yankova set the women’s Muay Thai world ablaze when she became a champion in Russia at the age of 21, and if her striking pedigree isn’t already impressive enough, all three of her wins in MMA have come by way of submission.

As you might imagine, with such a winning combination of skill and commercial appeal, the world is wondering if she may one day become a bigger household name than Ronda Rousey. Flattered by the comparison, Yankova had this to say on the subject:

"I am honored by such comparisons," she told AXS. "Ronda has done so much for this sport. She is not just a talented athlete but is also a powerful personality. She doesn't try to be something she's not, she's genuine, and you may like her or you may hate her, but she is genuine, that's what I think at least, but I have a long ways to go to reach her level of grappling. But I have the will to do it and time to do it, so let's wait and see what happens.”

As you’ll be able to tell from the next page, Yankova has also embraced her sex appeal as she realizes it only contributes to her growing popularity.

Next: Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

In a recent email exchange with MMA Fighting, Yankova shared her thoughts on being appreciated for her beauty:

"All woman love to hear they are attractive, and female fighters are no exception, trust me," Yankova told MMA Fighting via email. "I look at modeling as an art form. Creating something new and beautiful is always fun, especially if it motivates others to get in shape, or get into sports. That's even better."

As evidenced below, she certainly seems to be a lady of multiple talents.

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Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

Anastasia Yankova - hot behind the camera

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