30-Year-Old UFC strawweight 6-2-0
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.
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Fantasy AnalysisIt 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.
Fantasy AnalysisKish 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.
Fantasy AnalysisKish 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThis 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.
Fantasy AnalysisSince 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.
Fantasy AnalysisKish 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.