Undefeated strawweight Justine Kish was expected to be one of the contenders during the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter, but a knee injury kept her out of the competition before it even began. Now, she’s healed up, and will finally make her UFC debut at UFC 195 on Jan. 2.
The UFC announced on Wednesday that Kish will take on Nina Ansaroff on the card, which is slated for Las Vegas on pay-per-view.
Kish has won all four of her career fights, and had defeated TUF 20 semifinalist Randa Markos prior to entering the house for the competition in 2014. She suffered the injury early, and it kept her out of a planned fight with Bec Rawlings, as well as the finale card last December.
She’ll now get a shot against Ansaroff, who is in need of some redemption in the UFC. Following a loss to Juliana Lima in her debut, she was scheduled to face Rose Namajunas, but she missed weight badly, then was forced out of the bout on the day of the event with the flu. She had won five straight fights prior to her UFC debut, including a TKO victory on an Invicta card in 2013.
UFC 195 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by the UFC Welterweight Championship bout between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
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