Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Maryna Moroz vs Justine Kish added to Aug. 8 UFC show

Maryna Moroz, Justine Kish
It was reported this morning in Europe that Maryna Moroz vs Justine Kish has been added to UFC Fight Night 92 Aug. 8 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. This will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and TSN in Canada. From what I can tell, this will air on the main card. Maryna is from the Ukraine. She made a bit of a splash in her UFC debut when she beat Joanne Calderwood in Poland and then called out UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk who was in the audience. So the idea was for Maryna to beat Valerie Letourneau to earn a title shot. But she looked terrible losing to Valerie and Valerie got the title shot. Maryna got a little redemption in April when she beat Cristina Stanciu by unanimous decision. But as we have seen in her two UFC fights, Cristina has looked overmatched at best. But Maryna is still ranked #8. I don't pay any attention to rankings but fighters and matchmakers do and her ranking makes her a target. Considering who she beat in her last fight and how poorly she fought in her loss to Valerie, her ranking is too high. But if an unranked fighter like Justine beats her, Justine moves up the ladder significantly. It doesn't matter if the ranking is too high. Justine was supposed to be in TUF but she was forced to drop out for knee surgery. In her January return, she beat Nina Ansaroff by unanimous decision. I didn't think she won that fight. Justine's number one bad habit is she keeps her hands too low. I guess we'll see if she's improved in that area.


  1. When Matchmakers are planning a fight does the fact that one or both of the fighters are attractive or "sexy" come into their thinking? Is a fight with attractive fighter easier to market than a fight with good fighters who are not dolly birds. I would rather watch two well matched fighters any day than an ordinary fight with "dolly girls" fighting. I've yet to see any quality fighter that doesn't have a good figure, but some are attractive while others are plain. I hope I am never so shallow to judge any person on their looks alone.

  2. Of course sex appeal is a factor. Anyone who denies that is lying. But no fighter can only get by on sex appeal or they won't last long.