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’s coming off a loss to Felice Herrig in June of last year, although Kim is 6-1-2 and coming off a loss to Lucie Pudilova. This battle is just one of six on the FS1 portion of the preliminary card, leading up into a four-fight principal card that features 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 expert fights before she left 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 at December of 2016. The first loss for Kish in her career occurred in June of this past year, as she lost a unanimous decision 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 to the struggle,” said Kish into the Gaston Gazette,”However, to tell the truth, it may be one person out there or even a million people and I am 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 fought Grady Cole as an amateur in 2007.
Kish stated that she has been coaching with longtime coach Jeff Jimmo, to prepare for this struggle against Kim. “I usually don’t watch a good deal of footage of my opponents,” said Kish,”But I’ve watched a lot of footage on her. We have studied it multiple times and I believe I’ll have a great strategy.”
Ji Yeo Kim (6-1-2, 0-1 UFC)
Kish has been a specialist since 2013. She struggled to two draws in her first two pro fights and she’s 6-1 since. She’s three wins by entry and two by knockout. She has one first round finish.
The lineup on this fight is surprisingly high with Kish about a 3-1 favorite. I really do think that the move up in weight will help Kish, as she seemed weak against Herrig and it’s always nice to have the home crowd edge. Kim landed some shots from Pudilova within her UFC debut, but still lost a unanimous decision. I lean toward Kish in this struggle, but I think it will be a competitive struggle and I am definitely not familiar laying 3-1 in a struggle I believe will be close. I think playing the rounds would be the better thing to do. The rounds choice is listed at 2.5 using the more recorded at -260. Neither one of these two fighters have much power, and I can’t see either one getting an end unless one of them makes a significant error and gets trapped in a grip. I will take the rounds to go over the total.
UFC on FOX 27 Occurs on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in 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 2 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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