Ji Yeon Kim
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Unable to solve riddle in loss
StrawweightUFC
November 30, 2018
Kim lost to Antonina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Kim loves to press forward with strikes but was never quite able to get inside on the longer fighter, which resulted in the 29-year-old eating counter shots for most of the fight. Kim is a competent boxer who looks to outwork her opponents but simply ran into a fighter with a deeper skill set in this one. She falls to 8-2-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Misses weight, will still fight
StrawweightUFC
November 29, 2018
Kim weighed in 4.5 pounds overweight for Saturday's strawweight bout against Antonina Shevchenko at TUF 28 Finale, but the fight will go on as scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Kim was a replacement for Ashlee Evans-Smith after she suffered an undisclosed injury, but Shevchenko likely didn't want to have her UFC debut delayed any further, so Kim will fight. Kim will, however, have to forfeit 30 percent of her purse from the bout to Shevchenko as punishment for missing weight.
Booked for TUF 28 Finale
StrawweightUFC
November 8, 2018
Kim is booked to take on Antonina Shevchenko at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Shevchenko was originally scheduled to take on Ashlee Evans-Smith in her UFC debut, but Evans-Smith suffered an undisclosed injury that forced her to pull out of the fight. Kim is riding a two-fight winning streak and is most recently coming off a victory over Melina Fabian via split decision at UFC Singapore in June.
Opens UFC Singapore with a decision win
StrawweightUFC
June 23, 2018
Kim defeated Melinda Fabian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Kim kicked off the night with a decision victory. She did not land with a lot of power, but she continually pushed forward and got the better of the exchanges. Kim scored with a hard hook at the end of the first round, but she could not follow up before the end of the round. Kim improves her record in the UFC to 2-1.
Gets help from judge's to earn first UFC win
StrawweightUFC
January 27, 2018
Kim defeated Justine Kish via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.
ANALYSIS
Kim needed the help of the judge's to push her across the finish line en route to her first UFC win. She landed just 68 total strikes compared to 96 from Kish and she looked like the far more inexperienced and rudimentary fighter of the two women, but the judge's apparently thought she did enough to win. Even if you think she deserved to eek out the decision, the 30-27 score is an absolute joke. Now 1-1 in the UFC, Kim's upside remains non-existent.
Falls via decision in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
June 17, 2017
Kim lost to Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Kallang, Singapore.
ANALYSIS
While the judges' decision was correct, it's not as if Kim was totally overwhelmed in her UFC debut. She connected with a pair of beautiful combinations in Round 2 before fading in Round 3 in what was almost certainly a 19-19 tie heading into the final frame. Kim's upside is limited but she will get another opportunity with the company.