Justine Kish

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Justine Kish
Born (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 30)
Saint Petersburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
Division Strawweight (105–115 Ib)
Reach 64.0 in (163 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Los Angeles, California
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate[1]
Green belt in Krav Maga[1]
Years active 2010–present
Kickboxing record
Total 20
Wins 18
Losses 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 6
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 2
By decision 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Justine Kish (Russian: Джастина Киш; born 13 April 1988) is a Russian-American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight division. A former kickboxer, she was going to have her MMA debut as part of the Ultimate Fighter, but withdrew from the show due to injury.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Justine Kish was born in Saint Petersburg, Soviet Union in modern-day Russia and was adopted by an American couple.[4] She discovered Muay Thai as a teenager, while taking up fitness, which eventually led her to competitions.[5]

Muay Thai career[edit]

Kish competed in Muay Thai for 10 years, winning 18 matches and a World Muaythai Council championship belt in the process.[6][7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kish began her professional MMA career in 2010. She has amassed an undefeated record of five wins and no losses, including a win over future The Ultimate Fighter housemate Randa Markos.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In September 2013, it was announced that Kish was one of the fighters selected by the UFC to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned.[8][9]

Kish was the seventh pick by coach Anthony Pettis. She was expected to face Bec Rawlings in the preliminary round, but was forced out of the tournament due to a knee injury. This injury also prevented her from appearing on the finale of the show, but Kish was expected to debut with the promotion in 2015.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kish made her official UFC debut against Nina Ansaroff on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

Kish next faced Ashley Yoder on December 9, 2016, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov in a catchweight bout as Kish missed weight. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

On June 25, 2017, Kish faced Felice Herrig and lost a unanimous decision. The loss ended her 6-fight win streak.[13]

Kish faced Ji Yeon Kim on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2.[14] She lost the fight via split decision.[15]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–2 Ji Yeon Kim Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Return to Flyweight.
Loss 6–1 Felice Herrig Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–0 Ashley Yoder Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov December 9, 2016 3 5:00 Albany, New York, United States Catchweight (116.4 lbs) bout; Kish missed weight.
Win 5–0 Nina Ansaroff Decision (unanimous) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Randa Markos Decision (unanimous) RFA 12 January 24, 2014 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Strawweight debut.
Win 3–0 Jin Tang Decision (unanimous) Fusion Fighting Championship 5 December 18, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Christine Stanley Submission (armbar) RFA 9 August 16, 2013 2 3:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Munah Holland Submission (triangle choke) Ring of Combat 33 December 3, 2010 2 2:53 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (130 lbs) bout.


  1. ^ a b "Official Profile of TUF 20 fighter Justine Kish". UFC.com. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interview with RFA fighter Justine Kish". RFA. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Meet the Strawweights - Justine Kish". UFC. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.gastongazette.com/20121228/martial-arts-champion-adopted-from-russia-at-age-5/312289903
  5. ^ a b "Justine Kish". Awakening Fighters. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Local martial arts world champion pursuing "opportunity of a lifetime"". Gaston Gazette. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Justine Kish". Awakening Fighters. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Cramerton's Kish one of 16 in reality show The Ultimate Fighter". Gaston Gazette. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Meet the 'TUF 20' Cast". Sherdog. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  10. ^ "TUF 20 Finale to feature all cast members except Justine Kish". MMA Junkie. 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  11. ^ "UFC 195 results: Justine Kish tops Nina Ansaroff for decision win in UFC debut". MMAjunkie. 2016-01-03. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Relentless Justine Kish pushes past Ashley Yoder". MMAjunkie. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-12-08). "UFC Fight Night 102 weigh-in results: Derrick Lewis (265.6), Shamil Abdurakhimov (253.8) official". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  14. ^ "Kim Ji-yeon to face Justine Kish at UFC on FOX 27 | The Fight Nation". The Fight Nation. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  15. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 results: Ji Yeon Kim takes split decision from stunned Justine Kish". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 

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