Justine Kish vs. Nina Ansaroff

Our first and only female fight of the night comes in the strawweight division, as Justine Kish (4-0) takes on Nina Ansaroff (6-4).

Round 1: Kish anxious to get going and comes right out, throwing a big kick. Ansaroff catches her and lands, but Kish continues to charge forward. Those were some big shots that connected from Ansaroff. Eye poke and we have a break in the action. Ansaroff is having some serious trouble seeing out of her right eye and is asking for the doctor to come in. The doctor said she can continue, the ref asked and we are back to throwing bombs. Ansaroff in deep on a takedown, but she is denied. On the break Kish lands with right hands. Kish grabs hold and throws a huge knee that just connected.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kish

Round 2: Kish continues to press forward, taking the best shots Ansaroff has and moving forward. Ansaroff finds a home with a left hook and follows up with a kick. She’s trying to grab hold and finish Kish, but it appears she’s recovered. Not less production from these two this round, but less accuracy. A pair of shots do find a home from Ansaroff, who is controlling the action this round. Kish with a perfectly-executed takedown, looking to work the head and arm with a minute left. Ansaroff scrambles, Kish winds up on the back and flattens her into half-guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ansaroff

Round 3: Both corners instructed their fighters to compete like they are down, which should result in a fun final round. Ansaroff with a takedown early in the round, but Kish is searching for an armbar. Ansaroff sees this and defends, getting back to guard. Roll and Kish winds up out from the ground. Kish with a massive right hand that lands, allowing her to gain control against the fence.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kish

Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Kyle Noke vs. Alex Morono

To the welterweight ranks we head next, as Kyle Noke (22-7-1) welcomes Alex Morono (11-3) to the Octagon. Morono is replacing Kelvin Gastelum, who suffered an injury and was forced out.

Round 1: Noke comes out and lands with a switch kick that popped. He continues with more kicks to the newcomer, pushing forward. Noke hurts him with a right and Morono is swinging for the fences to try and land. Noke throws a pair of big kicks, but here comes Morono. The youngster isn’t backing down and he catches Noke with a shot. He owns eight first round finishes among his 11 career wins.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noke

Round 2: We might have our second broken nose of the night, as Noke is having trouble breathing and is constantly touching it. Blood is leaking out of it and Morono is looking to attack. Noke tries for a kick, misses and Morono with a nasty jab to the nose. His corner is telling him Noke’s hurt and he needs to attack now. Noke survives a back attack and gains mount, but finds himself caught in a heel-hook with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Morono

Round 3: Noke told his corner between rounds that his nose is broken, which is going to give him trouble over these next five minutes. Noke comes in and catches him with a good left to the chin. The right eye area of Noke is starting to swell now, which might be from the nose issue. Morono constantly applying the pressure, walking Noke down. Spinning elbow from Noke is the best strike so far of this round with just under two minutes to go. Morono rolls and has an armbar locked up very tight with 30 seconds left. He’s trying to pull as hard as he can, stepping over with his legs, but Noke survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Morono

Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)