Justine Kish is about a 3-1 favorite to Conquer Ji Yeon Kim in 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, while Kim is 6-1-2 and coming off a loss to Lucie Pudilova. This battle is one of six to the FS1 portion of the preliminary card, contributing up into a four-fight main card that 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 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 first loss for Kish in her career happened in June of last year, as she dropped a unanimous choice to Felice Herrig.
Kish will possess the home crowd advantage on Saturday, as she fights in Charlotte. “It will make me somewhat nervous to know so many 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’m thinking the identical 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 a recreational in 2007.
Kish stated that she has been coaching with longtime coach Jeff Jimmo, to prepare for this struggle against Kim. “I typically don’t watch a lot of footage of my competitions,” said Kish,”But I’ve watched plenty of footage . We have studied it several times and I think I will have a good strategy.”
Ji Yeo Kim (6-1-2, 0-1 UFC)
Kish was a pro since 2013. She struggled to 2 pulls in her first two pro fights and she’s 6-1 since. She has three wins by entry and two by knockout. She’s one first round finish.
The line on this battle is surprisingly high with Kish about a 3-1 favourite. I really do think the move up in fat can help Kish, as she looked weak against Herrig and it is always nice to have the home crowd edge. Kim landed a few shots from Pudilova in her UFC debut, but still lost a unanimous choice. I lean Kish in this struggle, but I think it’s going to be a competitive fight and I am definitely not familiar laying 3-1 in a fight I believe will be shut. I believe playing with the rounds would be the better thing to do. The rounds option is listed 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 obtaining an end unless one of these makes a major mistake and gets trapped in a hold. I’ll 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, using a middleweight rematch between Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson as case headliner. There are four conflicts 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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