Justine Kish is about a 3-1 favorite to defeat Ji Yeon Kim at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday night.
Kish is 6-1 in her career, but she is 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 fight is one of six to the FS1 portion of the preliminary card, leading up to a four-fight principal card which contains Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson. Let us look at Kish vs. Kim and UFC picks.
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Justine Kish (6-1, 2-1 UFC)
Kish won her first four pro fights before she made her UFC debut 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 primary loss for Kish within her career happened in June of last year, as she lost a unanimous decision to Felice Herrig.
Kish will possess the home audience edge on Saturday, as she fights in Charlotte. “It will make me a little nervous to know so many people from here are going to be coming to the fight,” said Kish to the Gaston Gazette,”But, to tell the truth, it may be just one person out there or a million people and I’m thinking the same thing. I want to put on a fantastic show every time.” Kish will be fighting Charlotte for the second time in her career, as she battled Grady Cole as an amateur in 2007.
Kish said that she’s been training with longtime coach Jeff Jimmo, to prepare for this struggle against Kim. “I usually don’t see a lot of footage of my competitions,” said Kish,”But I have watched plenty of footage on her. We’ve analyzed it multiple times and I believe I’ll have a good strategy.”
Ji Yeo Kim (6-1-2, 0-1 UFC)
Kish was a specialist since 2013. She fought to 2 draws in her first two pro fights and she is 6-1 since. She has three wins by submission and two by knockout. She has one first round end.
The lineup on this fight is surprisingly high with Kish about a 3-1 favourite. I really do think the move up in weight will help Kish, as she seemed weak against Herrig and it’s always nice to have the house crowd edge. Kim landed a few shots against Pudilova in her UFC debut, but still lost a unanimous choice. I lean toward Kish in this struggle, but I believe it’s going to be a competitive struggle and I am certainly not familiar laying 3-1 at a struggle I think will be close. 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. Neither one of both of these fighters have much power, and that I can’t see either one obtaining a finish unless one of them makes a significant mistake and gets trapped in a grip. I will take the rounds to cover the total.
UFC on FOX 27 takes place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a middleweight rematch between Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson as the event headliner. There are four fights on the primary FOX card along with eight preliminary bouts, with six on 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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