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Justine Kish

29-Year-Old     UFC     strawweight     6-2-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Suspension    EST. RETURN:  4/2/2018
Birthdate:  April 13, 1988     Height:   5'5    

January 31, 2018    Justine Kish News

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Kish was handed an indefinite medical suspension as a result of injuries sustained during her bout against Ji Yeon Kim on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Kish is dealing with a nasal fracture in addition to right knee and left shoulder injuries that occurred in her split decision defeat at the UFC on FOX 27 event in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will be forced to gain medical clearance before heading back into the Octagon.

Justine Kish: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kish lost to Ji Yeon Kim via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.

Fantasy Analysis

It certainly wasn't the worst decision that we have ever seen, but Kish deserved a better fate. She was clearly the better fighter in Round 2 and she probably deserve the first frame, as well. Round 3 could have gone either way. Kish landed with far more regularity throughout the course of the bout while Kim seemed to be constantly reaching for a target that never materialized. Kish has disturbingly little power in her hands and that makes it difficult for the judge's to take her seriously even if she is outlanding her opponent as she did in this one.
Kish was defeated by Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Fantasy Analysis

Kish did not have the proper technique to deal with Felice Herrig on the ground, but she showed amazing strength and athleticism over the course of the fight. She was mounted and had her back taken many times, but continually found a way to reverse position and wind up on top near the end of the round. Kish also fought out of a deep rear naked choke in the third round, refusing to tap out. She showed very good toughness and grit in this fight and will likely have exciting fights in the future.
Kish will take on Felice Herrig in a strawweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event in Oklahoma City on June 25.

Fantasy Analysis

Kish is undefeated in her short professional career, but a win over an experienced opponent like Herrig could propel her to a top-10 matchup her next time out. Despite the potential, Kish has lacked the "wow" factor up to this point, having never recorded a knockout in a sanctioned bout.
Kish defeated Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 102 on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

This decision could be seen as controversial, as Yoder ended up in the dominant position in many of the scrambles that took place, but Kish is the type of fighter that likes to charge forward and strike, which likely gives her an edge in close fights like this. Kish has won her first two fights in the UFC, and remains undefeated in six professional MMA bouts.
Kish has missed weight for her strawweight bout with Ashley Yoda at UFC Albany on Friday, Matt Erickson of USA Today reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Since Kish barely missed weight, the fight will go on as planned, though she will have to forfeit 20 percent of her purse to Yoder. Despite the weigh-in troubles, the 5-0 Kish remains approximately a (-235) betting favorite for the Friday showdown.
Kish defeated Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 195 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Kish will never be able to defeat better fighters if she fought like she did in this one. She kept moving forward with no regard for her own well being. If she did that against a talented striker, she would get picked apart. Considering the fact she is coming off a torn ACL, it wasn't a terrible UFC debut for Kish, but she didn't show any elite skills. The fact that she has to cut a ton of weight to get to the 115-pound strawweight limit doesn't help her, either.