Anastasia Yankova on Bellator 176 Bout: ‘I’m Glad to Come Back & Fight For Italian Fans’

Anastasia Yankova
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Anastasia Yankova is expressing joy in returning to Italy to compete.

Yankova is set to do battle with Elina Kallionidou inside the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. The bout takes place this Saturday night (April 8) and will be the co-main event of Bellator 176. This is going to be the second time Yankova has had a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout in Italy.

Her first bout in Italy was back in April 2016. She defeated Anjela Pink by submission in the first round. Yankova told MMA Latest News that she’s excited to give the fans in Italy a show once again:

“I was blown away by the fan reception in Italy. After the fight everyone wanted pictures, it was amazing. I didn’t expect that since it was my debut in Bellator. It was unforgettable and I promised everyone that I would come back if there was an opportunity to do so and here we are. I’m glad to come back and fight for the Italian fans. … I just think I have the best fans. Even if some of them just like me as a pretty girl who can fight. A lot of them are very deep and interesting people – I can see that when I read the comments on my posts and the way they react to what I say. I feel supported by a lot of people.”