Anastasia Yankova Set for U.S. Fighting Debut During Main Card of ‘Bellator 161’


Anastasia Yankova Set for U.S. Fighting Debut During Main Card of 'Bellator 161'




SANTA MONICA, CALIF (August 4, 2016) – A flyweight bout pitting Anastasia Yankova (3-0) against Veta Arteaga (2-0) has been added to the SPIKE-televised portion of “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson,” which takes place on September 16 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas.


The fight joins a main card that features a heavyweight main event pitting French phenom Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) against the streaking Tony Johnson(10-2). Additional main and preliminary contests will be announced shortly.


Doors for the event open at 7:45 p.m. CT local time and the first preliminary bout – which streams live on and The Bellator Mobile App -- begins at 8:00 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event start at just $25 and can be purchased now at, Ticketmaster, or the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Box Office.


The 25-year-old Yankova will make her second appearance of the year, after garnering the attention of the MMA world with an impressive promotional debut in Italy at “Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza.” The Russian submission specialist began her professional career 2-0, before earning her first victory under the direction of Bellator MMA with an impressive first round armbar victory. An avid artist outside of the cage, Yankova hopes to carve out her next masterpiece when she returns to action on Sept. 16.


Since making her professional debut earlier this year, Arteaga has strung together back-to-back wins, including a unanimous decision victory over Jackie Vandenburgh in her promotional debut at “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef.” Thus far, each of Arteaga’s first two wins have gone to the judges’ table, leaving the 28-year-old Boise, Idaho native itching for her first career stoppage win.


Updated “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” Main Card:

Bellator MMA Heavyweight Main Event: Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) vs. Tony Johnson (10-2)

Bellator MMA Flyweight Feature Bout: Anastasia Yankova (3-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (2-0)


About Bellator MMA

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About H-E-B Center at Cedar Park:

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park (formerly Cedar Park Center) is the premier multi-use entertainment facility of Central Texas hosting more than 150 events per year including sporting events, concerts, and family shows. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park is home of the AHL's Texas Stars, the primary development affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars and home of the Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. H-E-B Center is located at the intersection of New Hope Drive and Toll Road 183-A in Cedar Park, just north of Austin.


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