UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum – Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish: Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/15/2021, 12:25 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (R-L) Justine Kish of Russia punches Sabina Mazo of Colombia in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC has a great event in store for the fans in UFC Vegas 24. The event that Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum are headlining is set to feature rising star Tracy Cortez in action against Justine Kish. They will fight in the main event of the preliminary card.

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This will be Cortez’s third fight in the UFC after she got a decision victory over Mariya Agapova in Dana White’s Contender series. Amazingly, she’s on an eight-fight winning streak after losing her first professional fight against Cheri Muraski.

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The fight is set for the flyweight division, where Cortez’s opponent has fought recently. Interestingly, Cortez is likely to have a size advantage. She has fought at bantamweight before, while Kish has fought at strawweight. However, Kish is not someone to be taken lightly.

Justine Kish has a professional record of 7-3, and she’s 3-3 in the UFC. This might seem bad in comparison to Cortez’s 8-1, but it’s deceptive in nature. Cortez is relatively inexperienced and has won six of her eight fights via decision. While on the other hand, Kish has won five fights by decision and two via submission.

Justine Kish and Tracy Cortez: fighting styles and techniques

Interestingly, Kish has been known for her striking. She competed in Muay Thai for 10 years and became the Muay Thai world champion. She’s also 2-0 in her boxing career, which seems to be on hold for a while. It would suit her to keep the fight on the ground, but she will have a hard time doing it against Cortez.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Opponents Sabina Mazo of Colombia and Justine Kish of Russia face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 11, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Cortez is an amazing wrestler and likes to take her opponents down. They both have the same height, but Cortez also has the reach advantage. She is going to try to keep the fight on the ground where Kish is relatively weak. It’s a classic grappler vs. striker match-up.

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This will be an interesting fight between two very different fighters. Keep an eye on this one.

Prediction: Tracy Cortez via unanimous decision

Do you agree with the prediction? Do you think Tracy Cortez will extend her winning streak against Justine Kish?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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