Justine Kish is an American mixed martial artist, who competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She has a professional MMA record of 7-4-0 (W-L-D).
Actually, Justine Kish is the ring name of Svetlana Nasibulina, who was born on April 13, 1988, in Saint Petersburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. At an early age, she was adopted by an American couple. She discovered Muay Thai as a teenager while taking up fitness, which eventually led her to competitions.
Justine Kish competed in Muay Thai for 10 years, winning 18 matches and a World Muaythai Council championship belt in the process.
Justine Kish made her professional MMA debut in 2010. Her first fight was on December 3, 2010, at Ring of Combat 33 versus Munah Holland. She won by triangle choke submission in Round 2. She has amassed an undefeated record of four wins and no losses, including a win over future The Ultimate Fighter housemate Randa Markos, before signing with the UFC.
In September 2013, it was announced that Justine Kish was one of the fighters selected by the UFC to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned. She was the seventh pick by coach Anthony Pettis. She was expected to face Bec Rawlings in the preliminary round but was forced out of the tournament due to a knee injury. This injury also prevented her from appearing at the finale of the show.
However, Justine Kish made her debut in the UFC on January 2, 2016, versus Nina Nunes. She won the fight by a unanimous decision. On December 9, 2016, she took part at the UFC Fight Night 102 and won versus Ashley Yoder again by a unanimous decision.
The great start of her professional MMA career was stopped by Felice Herrig at the UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25, 2017, after Justine Kish lost by a unanimous decision. On January 27, 2018, she registered another loss from Ji Yeon Kim at UFC on Fox 27, this time, by split decision.
In 2020, she returned in the Octagon, registering a win versus Lucie Pudilova at UFC Fight Night 166 (by a unanimous decision) and a loss from Sabina Mazo at UFC Fight Night 177 (by rear-naked choke submission).
On April 17, 2021, Justine Kish took part at UFC on ESPN 22 event, where fought versus Tracy Cortez and lost by a split decision.
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