Justine Kish

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Justine Kish
Born (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 30)
Saint Petersburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityRussian
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight
Reach64.0 in (163 cm)
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofLos Angeles, California
Rank2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate[1]
Green belt in Krav Maga[1]
Years active2010–present
Kickboxing record
Total20
Wins18
Losses2
Mixed martial arts record
Total8
Wins6
By submission2
By decision4
Losses2
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Justine Kish (Russian: Джастина Киш; born 13 April 1988) is a Russian-born 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. Kish received media attention for defecating during the fight and issuing a humorous response later.[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]

Kickboxing[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ amemrick@gastongazette.com, Amanda Memrick,. "Martial arts champion adopted from Russia at age 5". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  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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