LAS VEGAS – Justine Kish had her first fight in two years on Saturday at UFC 195, and despite the win, she had a lengthy list of things to work once the bout was over.
Facing fellow strawweight Nina Ansaroff (6-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Kish (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returned from a knee injury – one that nixed her berth in “The Ultimate Fighter 20” tournament field – andpicked up a unanimous-decision win via 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 scores.
However, Kish often charged her opponent without much regard with the consequences, and she took a fair amount of damage as a result.
“To be honest, yeah, there was a little bit of rust,” she said after the event. “My defense was not where I like it to be. That’s something – immediately I was like, ‘My defense is not (usually) where it is right now.’”
Despite the issues, she remains undefeated and made a successful return to action, so all’s not lost.
“Thank goodness I recognize things right off the bat that I need to work on,” she said. ” … I was picking up on things like, ‘This is not up to par, Justine. You need to get up to here.’
“Nina was skillful. She was smart today, but it really brought out the best in me in (knowing what I need to work on).”