Justine Kish is about a 3-1 favorite to defeat Ji Yeon Kim in 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, while Kim is 6-1-2 and coming off a loss to Lucie Pudilova. This battle is one of six to the FS1 section of the preliminary card, contributing 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 made 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 primary loss for Kish in her career occurred in June of last year, as she dropped a unanimous decision to Felice Herrig.
Kish will have the home audience edge on Saturday, as she fights in Charlotte. “It does make me somewhat nervous to know a lot of people from here will be coming to the struggle,” said Kish to the Gaston Gazette,”But, to be honest, it may be one person out there or a million people and I am thinking the same thing. I want to put on a good show every time.” Kish will be fighting Charlotte for the next 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 fight against Kim. “I typically don’t watch a lot of footage of my competitions,” said Kish,”But I have watched a lot of footage . We’ve studied it multiple times and I think I’ll have a great strategy.”
Ji Yeo Kim (6-1-2, 0-1 UFC)
Kish was a pro since 2013. She fought to two draws in her first two pro fights and she is 6-1 since. She’s three wins by submission and two by knockout. She has one first round finish.
The line on this fight is surprisingly packed with Kish about a 3-1 favorite. I really do think the move up in weight can help Kish, as she seemed weak against Herrig and it is always pleasant to have the house crowd edge. Kim landed a few shots against Pudilova within 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 with the rounds is the better way to go. The rounds choice is recorded at 2.5 with the more recorded at -260. Neither one of these two fighters have much electricity, and I can’t find either one obtaining a finish unless one of them makes a major error and gets caught in a hold. I will take the rounds to cover 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 conflicts on the main FOX card and 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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