Ji Yeon Kim

Fire First

South Korea

Next fight in January
FlyweightUFC
October 11, 2021
Kim will take on Poliana Botelho in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Jan. 22, John Hyon Ko of The All Star Sport reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim's losing streak climbed to two last September in a Fight-of-the-Night loss to Molly McCann. While "Firefist" sports an impressive 5.04 significant strikes landed per minute, she's also been taken down in each of her last four bouts. Takedowns aren't a major part of Botelho's game so far, as she averages 0.92 per 15 minutes, but it still might be a tactic employed against Kim and her paltry 40 percent takedown defense. Kim, of course, will look to keep things on the feet, where she'll sport a massive, five-inch reach advantage.
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Drops tough battle in Vegas
FlyweightUFC
September 4, 2021
Kim lost to Molly McCann via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Full credit to both women from bringing the heat and pushing the pace from the opening bell to the final bell. Kim didn't get the victory she came for, but there was little separating her and McCann. If Kim struggled in one area, it was her ability to land consistently on the feet. She attempted a stunning 374 total strikes over the course of the fight, nearly 100 more than McCann. Only 134 of those landed, good for a woeful 33-percent clip. A loser of two in a row and three of her past four, Kim probably needs a win her next time out to save her job. On the bright side, she'll take home a $50,000 bonus after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Taking on Molly McCann
FlyweightUFC
May 17, 2021
Kim (undisclosed) will face Molly McCann (10-4-0) in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Sept. 4 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim (9-3-2) will be making her return to the Octagon after she previously withdrew from her last scheduled matchup May 1 with Poliana Botelho due to an unspecified issue. The 31-year-old looks like she'll be fully healthy by August, when she'll be looking to rebound from the unanimous-decision loss she took against Alexa Grasso in her last official fight Aug. 29, 2020.
Pulls out of May 1 fight
FlyweightUFC
March 22, 2021
Kim withdrew Monday from her flyweight matchup with Poliana Botelho at the UFC's May 1 event due to an unspecified issue, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what prompted Kim's decision to withdraw, but the promotion quickly found a replacement for her. Mayra Bueno Silva is now tabbed to take on Botelho at the May 1 event.
Added to May card
FlyweightUFC
February 10, 2021
Kim (orbital) is slated to take on Poliana Botelho in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 1, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim will return to the Octagon in May after she was handed a six-month medical suspension at the beginning of September due to a right orbital non-displaced fracture. The injury occurred when she lost to Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision in late August. She'll take on Botelho, who most recently lost to Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision in October. Botelho has a height advantage, but Kim has an edge in reach.
Possible orbital fracture
FlyweightUFC
September 3, 2020
Kim has been suspended six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending clearance of a right orbital non-displaced fracture, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim absorbed 88 significant strikes in her loss to Grasso on Saturday, and it appears many of those jabs took their toll. She'll now be sidelined until February of 2021 unless cleared earlier by an oral and maxillofacial doctor or ophthalmologist.