Justine Kish is about a 3-1 favorite to Conquer Ji Yeon Kim at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday night.
Kish is 6-1 in her career, but she’s coming off a loss to Felice Herrig in June of this past year, although Kim is 6-1-2 and coming off a loss to Lucie Pudilova. This battle is just one of six to the FS1 section of the preliminary card, contributing up to a four-fight main card that contains Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson. Let’s look at Kish vs. Kim and UFC picks.
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Justine Kish (6-1, 2-1 UFC)
Kish won her first four expert fights before she left her UFC introduction in January of 2016. Kish won a unanimous decision against Nina Ansaroff and Kish followed that up with a win over Ashley Yoder in December of 2016. The first loss for Kish within her career occurred in June of last year, as she dropped a unanimous choice to Felice Herrig.
Kish will possess the home audience advantage on Saturday, as she fights in Charlotte. “It will make me a little nervous to know a lot of people from here will be coming into the fight,” said Kish into the Gaston Gazette,”However, to be honest, it may be just one person out there or even a million people and I am thinking the same thing. I would like to put on a fantastic show every time.” Kish will be battling Charlotte for the next time in her career, as she fought Grady Cole as an amateur in 2007.
Kish said that she has been coaching with longtime coach Jeff Jimmo, to prepare for this fight against Kim. “I usually don’t see a good deal of footage of my opponents,” said Kish,”But I’ve watched a lot of footage . We have studied it several times and I believe I will have a good strategy.”
Ji Yeo Kim (6-1-2, 0-1 UFC)
Kish was a specialist since 2013. She struggled to two pulls in her first two pro fights and she is 6-1 since. She has three wins by submission and two by knockout. She’s one first round finish.
The lineup on this battle is surprisingly high with Kish about a 3-1 favourite. I do think the move up in fat will help Kish, as she looked weak against Herrig and it’s always nice to have the house audience edge. Kim landed some shots from Pudilova within her UFC debut, but still lost a unanimous choice. I lean Kish in this struggle, but I think it will be a competitive fight and I am definitely not comfortable laying 3-1 in a fight I believe will be shut. I believe playing the rounds would be the better thing to do. The rounds option is recorded at 2.5 with the more recorded at -260. None of both of these fighters have much electricity, and I can’t see either one getting an end unless one of these makes a major error and gets caught in a grip. I will take the rounds to go over the total.
UFC on FOX 27 Occurs on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, using a middleweight rematch between Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson since the event headliner. There are four fights on the primary FOX card along with eight preliminary bouts, with six FS1 and two on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FOX)
Ronaldo Souza -156 vs. Derek Brunson
Dennis Bermudez -160 vs. Andre Fili
Gregor Gillespie -560 vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Drew Dober -180 vs. Frank Camacho
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