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Prospect Anastasia Yankova makes U.S. MMA debut at Bellator 161

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Anastasia Yankova is coming to America.

The undefeated Russian prospect will take on Veta Arteaga in a women's flyweight bout at Bellator 161 on Sept. 16 in Cedar Park, Texas, the promotion announced Thursday.

Yankova (3-0) made her Bellator debut in impressive fashion, beating Anjela Pink by first-round submission at Bellator 152 in Italy back in April. The former Muay Thai and kickboxing champion has only been a pro MMA fighter since 2013. Yankova, 25, has finished all three of her MMA bouts via submission despite her stand-up pedigree.

Arteaga (2-0) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jackie Vandenburgh at Bellator 155 in May. The 28-year-old is native of Boise, Idaho.

Bellator 161 is headlined by a heavyweight contender bout between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson.

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