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 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 first card card, contributing up to a four-fight principal card which 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 in December of 2016. The first loss for Kish in her career occurred in June of last year, as she lost a unanimous choice to Felice Herrig.
Kish will have the home crowd advantage on Saturday, as she fights in Charlotte. «It will make me a little nervous to know a lot of people from here are going to be coming into the fight,» said Kish into the Gaston Gazette,»However, to be honest, it could be just one person out there or even a million people and I am thinking the same thing. I would like to wear a good show every time.» Kish will be fighting in Charlotte for the next time in her career, as she fought Grady Cole as an amateur in 2007.
Kish stated that she has been training with longtime coach Jeff Jimmo, to prepare for this struggle against Kim. «I typically don’t see a lot of footage of my opponents,» said Kish,»But I’ve watched a lot of footage on her. We’ve 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 pulls in her first two pro fights and she’s 6-1 since. She has three wins by entry and two by knockout. She has one first round finish.
The lineup on this fight is surprisingly packed with Kish about a 3-1 favorite. I do think that the move up in weight will help Kish, as she looked weak against Herrig and it is always pleasant to have the home audience edge. Kim landed some shots against Pudilova in her UFC debut, but still lost a unanimous choice. I lean Kish in this fight, but I believe it’s going to be a competitive struggle and I am certainly not comfortable laying 3-1 in a struggle I think will be close. I believe playing the rounds is the better thing to do. The rounds option is recorded at 2.5 with the more recorded at -260. Neither one of these two fighters have much electricity, and that I can’t see either one getting a finish unless one of them makes a significant mistake and gets trapped in a hold. 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 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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