Thursday, November 05, 2015

Justine Kish vs Nina Ansaroff added to Jan. 2 UFC show

Justine Kish
It was announced on last night's episode of UFC Tonight that Strawweights Justine Kish and Nina Ansaroff will face each other at UFC 195 Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. I expect this match to air on the prelims on Fox Sports 1 and TSN. Fans may recall that Justine was supposed to be part of TUF 20 but she was forced to drop out because of a knee injury. She had surgery and this will be her UFC debut. Justine was born in Russia but grew up in the US after she was adopted. She lives in Gaston County, NC and trains at Black House MMA. Justine had a successful kickboxing career before turning to MMA. Her MMA record is 4-0 with her most recent win over Randa Markos. But that was in Jan. 2014 and one never knows what a fighter will be like after major surgery. And there is also the UFC jitters. Nina is a mainstay at American Top Team in Florida. If she's not fighting, you will find her in the corner of all of the ATT female fighters. She lost her UFC debut last year to Juliana Lima by unanimous decision. Neither fighter impressed. Nina was supposed to fight Rose Namajunas a few months ago but a flu ridden Nina was forced to drop out after missing weight. She needs to get back on track but Justine won't be an easy opponent.

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