Kim Ji-yeon (Korean: 김지연; born November 3, 1992), often anglicized Ji Yeon Kim, is a South Korean mixed martial artist (MMA). She was the Jewels[5] and Gladiator women's bantamweight champion.[6] She competes in the Women's Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[1]

Ji Yeon Kim
BornKim Ji-yeon
(1989-10-18) October 18, 1989 (age 33)
Incheon, South Korea[1]
Other namesFire Fist
NationalitySouth Korean
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight56.7 kg (125 lb; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionBantamweight (2013–2017)
Flyweight (2018–present)
Reach72[1] in (183 cm)
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States[2]
TeamImpact Gym
MOB Training Center[3]
Syndicate MMA (2021–present)[2]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
3rd degree black belt in Hapkido[1]
Black belt in Wushu[1]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins9
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision4
Losses6
By decision6
Draws2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Korean name
Hangul
김지연 (金志妍)
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-yeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Chi-yŏn

BackgroundEdit

Kim was born and raised in Incheon, South Korea. She started training in the 8th grade after seeing a kickboxing match on television, which set off her desire for a career in combat sports.[1] She also wrestled in the junior middle school and high school in her native South Korea.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kim started her professional MMA career in 2013 and fought primarily in South Korea and Japan. Kim acquired a six-fight winning streak and became the Jewels[5] and Gladiator women's bantamweight champion prior to joining the UFC.[6]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kim made her UFC debut on June 17, 2017. Kim faced Lucie Pudilová at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia in Singapore.[7] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Kim next faced Justine Kish on January 27, 2018, at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson.[9] She won the fight via split decision.[10]

Her third fight came on June 23, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards against Melinda Fábián.[11] She won the fight via split decision.[12]

Kim faced Antonina Shevchenko, replacing injured Ashlee Evans-Smith, on November 30, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[13] At the weigh-ins, Kim weighed in at 130.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. She was fined 20 percent of her purse, which went to her opponent Shevchenko. The bout proceeded at catchweight.[14] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Kim faced Nadia Kassem on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[16] At the weigh-ins, Kim weighed in at 128 pounds, 2 pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. Kim was fined 30% of her purse, which went to her opponent Kassem.[17] She won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[18]

Kim was scheduled to face Sabina Mazo on December 21, 2019 on UFC on ESPN+ 23.[19] However, on November 1, 2019, it was reported that Kim was forced to pull from the event due to undisclosed injury.[20]

Kim was scheduled to face Alexa Grasso on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[21] However, due to travel restrictions for both fighters due to COVID-19 pandemic, the bout was rescheduled on August 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 175.[22] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Kim was scheduled to face Poliana Botelho on May 1, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 23.[24] However, Kim pulled out of the fight on March 22 citing injury and was replaced by Mayra Bueno Silva.[25]

Kim faced Molly McCann on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[26] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[27] The back-and-forth bout won both contestants the Fight of the Night bonus award.[28]

Kim was scheduled to face Poliana Botelho on January 22, 2022 at UFC 270,[29] but Botelho pulled out instead and the pairing was scrapped.[30][31]

Kim faced Priscila Cachoeira on February 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 202.[32] She lost the bout via controversial[33][34][35] unanimous decision.[36] 14 out of 15 media scored Kim as the winner of the fight.[37] Along with Cachoeira, Kim was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus award; her second overall.[38]

Kim was scheduled to face Mariya Agapova at UFC 277 on July 30, 2022.[39] However, Agapova was forced out of the fight due to knee injury and she was replaced by Joselyne Edwards.[40] She lost the fight via split decision.[41]

Kim is scheduled to face Mandy Böhm on February 4, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 218.[42]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 9 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 4 6
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–6–2 Joselyne Edwards Decision (split) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Return to Bantamweight; Edwards missed weight (137.5 lb).
Loss 9–5–2 Priscila Cachoeira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green February 26, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–4–2 Molly McCann Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till September 4, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–3–2 Alexa Grasso Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić August 29, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2–2 Nadia Kassem KO (punches to the body) UFC 243 October 6, 2019 2 4:59 Melbourne, Australia Catchweight (128 lb) bout; Kim missed weight.
Loss 8–2–2 Antonina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (130.5 lb) bout; Kim missed weight.
Win 8–1–2 Melinda Fábián Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 7–1–2 Justine Kish Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson January 27, 2018 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 6–1–2 Lucie Pudilová Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 6–0–2 Tao Li Submission (rear-naked choke) Top FC 13 November 5, 2016 2 1:30 Seoul, South Korea
Win 5–0–2 Jin Tang Decision (unanimous) Kunlun Fight: Cage Fight Series 5 / Top FC 11 May 22, 2016 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea Catchweight (131 lb) bout.
Win 4–0–2 Takayo Hashi Decision (unanimous) Deep Jewels 9 August 29, 2015 3 5;00 Tokyo, Japan Won the Jewels Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 3–0–2 Hatice Ozyurt Submission (armbar) Road FC 23 May 2, 2015 2 1:14 Seoul, South Korea Catchweight (138.2 lb) bout; Ozyurt missed weight.
Win 2–0–2 Miki Miyauchi TKO (knees and punches) Gladiator 81 March 1, 2015 2 0:18 Tokyo, Japan Won the Gladiator Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Win 1–0–2 Yukimi Kamikaze Submission (rear-naked choke) Road FC 18 August 30, 2014 1 1:57 Seoul, South Korea Catchweight (132 lb) bout.
Draw 0–0–2 Takayo Hashi Draw (unanimous) Road FC: Korea vs. Japan March 9, 2014 2 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Draw 0–0–1 Shizuka Sugiyama Draw (Majority) Deep: Cage Impact 2013 November 24, 2013 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Bantamweight debut.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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