Kim Ji-Yeon defeats Nadia Kassem at UFC 243

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South Korea’s Kim Ji-Yeon picks up a solid win at UFC 243. Photo: UFC / Getty Images.

South Korea’s Kim Ji-Yeon moved herself back into the win column during the UFC 243 prelims in Melbourne early Sunday.

In a women’s flyweight bout, Kim stopped Nadia Kassem late into the second round after a flurry of solid strikes and set herself up for a return on the UFC Busan card later this year.

“I’ve been preparing a lot for this fight,” Kim said in a post-fight interview. “I’m glad I finished it with a dominant finish. It’s been a long time, but I’m very satisfied with my performance.

“I catered my training to focus on my striking. I really wanted to live up to my nickname and show off my fists.”

Kim went on to call out Alexa Grasso on the upcoming Busan event in December.

“I want to fight her and make my way up the division.”

After suffering an early knockdown, Kassem settled in and had a solid first round. But as the second round kicked in, it was Kim who found rhythm and poured on the pressure.

After a series of unanswered blows, a two solid shots to the body, Kassem buckled and the referee Jim Perdios called the fight to a halt at 4:59 of the second round.

With the win, Kim moves to 9-2-2, while her Australian opponent falls to 5-2.

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