Just hours after suffering her third career loss, former Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa decided to walk away from the sport of MMA.
Kankaanpaa dropped a relatively competitive unanimous decision Saturday night at Invicta FC 14 in Kansas City, Missouri, becoming the eighth fighter who failed to stop the undefeated DeAnna Bennett.
It was her second consecutive loss, the first of which came in a fourth-round submission loss to then-challenger, now-champion Livia Renata Souza in April.
She posted onto her Facebook account:
“Yesterday’s match will be my last one. Now it’s time to take it a bit easier. I will write more specifically about this once I’ve returned to Finland. Thank you for all the support I’ve received from all of you.”
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, to say the least. Kankaanpaa was only five months removed from wearing the strawweight crown, and neither of her two previous losses signaled a need for immediate change.
She fought valiantly against Souza before getting caught in a triangle choke. You could argue that she fought well enough against Bennett to see herself victorious and right in line for a title fight against Souza or incoming challenger Alexa Grasso.