Las Vegas, Nevada: Justine Kish stayed aggressive all night long in her bout with Nina Ansaroff, which very possibly could’ve been the difference on the scorecards.
UFC 195 took place on January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Justine Kish vs. Nina Ansaroff took place on the preliminary card which aired on Fox Sports 1 in the United States and BT Sport in the UK.
Round 1: Kish came in very aggressive and charged across the cage swinging. She ate some good shots from Ansaroff, though, before the fight was temporarily stopped due to an eye poke from Kish. Nina looked to be in a lot of pain, but the fight was allowed to continue. Kish stayed aggressive, but was still eating a lot of counters. Ansaroff looked to stifle Kish’s aggression by taking it to the mat, but couldn’t get it there. Both women began to circle with Kish looking like she may have already lost some steam. Ansaroff started to land at range, but Kish turned it on again and stormed forward while swinging. Ansaroff kept playing the matador to Kish’s bull rush and was able to continue to land as Kish came forward. Kish was landing a lot of her own shots, though, and forcing Ansaroff to work a lot to keep at distance. The round ended with both women standing looking to strike.
Round 2: More of the same to start the 2nd. Kish is still the aggressor, but is also still getting countered. She landed some good shots in the clinch early in the round, though. Ansaroff started to land some more kicks while Kish was on the outside. A hard left hook and good kick seemed to put Kish in some trouble around the 3 minute mark. Ansaroff couldn’t completely capitalize, though, and never came close to finishing. Ansaroff landed a sharp right hand around the 2 minute mark and tried to keep up the pressure. Kish, however, grabbed onto Ansaroff’s head and forced the bout to the mat. Ansaroff looked to stand, but Kish won a scramble and kept her on the ground. She was working from half-guard and looking for a submission before throwing some short shots. Ansaroff made it back to her base and tried to grab a leg, but the round ended in that position.
Round 3: Kish tried a takedown much early in the final round, but couldn’t get it back to the mat. Moments later, Ansaroff scored a takedown of her own, defended a guillotine, and started to work from Kish’s guard. She wasn’t able to do too much with the positio, though, and Kish eventually made it back to her feet. Ansaroff defened a takedown attempt, but ate a hard shot along the cage for her efforts. Kish had some more success along the cage before Ansaroff circled back to the center, but Kish took her down immediately after she escaped being trapped along the cage. Ansaroff gave up her back and Kish landed some GnP before putting in hooks and starting to secure a rear naked choke. Ansaroff didn’t panic, though, and ended up reversing back to top position. She held half-guard until the fight ended.
Official Result: Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kish elevated her undefeated record to 5-0 with the decision. Nina Ansaroff is now 6-5.
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