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 last year, while Kim is 6-1-2 and coming off a loss to Lucie Pudilova. This battle is just one of six on the FS1 section of the preliminary card, contributing up into a four-fight principal card which contains Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson. Let’s 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 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 primary 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 crowd advantage on Saturday, as she struggles in Charlotte. “It will make me a little nervous to know a lot of people from here are going to be coming to the struggle,” said Kish to the Gaston Gazette,”However, to be honest, it could be one person out there or even a million people and I am thinking the identical thing. I want to wear a good show every time.” Kish will be battling Charlotte for the second time in her career, as she battled 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 competitions,” said Kish,”But I’ve watched a lot of footage . We’ve studied it several times and I believe 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 pulls in her first two pro fights and she is 6-1 since. She’s three wins by entry and two by knockout. She has one first round finish.
The line on this battle is surprisingly packed with Kish about a 3-1 favourite. I do think that the move up in fat will help Kish, as she seemed weak against Herrig and it is always pleasant to have the home crowd edge. Kim landed some shots against 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 fight I think will be close. I think playing with the rounds is the better way to go. The rounds choice is listed at 2.5 with the over listed at -260. None of these two fighters have much electricity, and I can’t find either one obtaining an end unless one of these makes a significant mistake and gets trapped in a grip. I’ll take the rounds to cover the total.
UFC on FOX 27 Occurs on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, using a middleweight rematch between Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson since case headliner. There are four conflicts 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