June 2, 2023

Ji Yeon Kim vs. Mandy Bohm: UFC Charlotte Fight Preview

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The women’s flyweight division is on show at UFC on ABC 4 this weekend. The experienced Ji Yeon Kim (9-6-2) goes head-to-head with Mandy Bohm (7-2).

This match was meant to happen in February, however, due to a fight-day illness, Mandy Bohm was forced to pull out so it’s great that this bout has been rescheduled for this weekend’s card.

Both women have struggled to pick up wins in recent times. Kim has failed to win in her last four fights but despite the results looking poor on paper, she has given good accounts of herself against the likes of Joselyne Edwards, who she lost to by split decision and Molly McCann who was able to pick up a victory by unanimous decision in an incredible fight.

Bohm came into the UFC as a raging hot prospect from Bellator but the fire has seemed to dwindle in her first couple of UFC fights. Convincing losses to Ariane Lipski and Victoria Leonardo have derailed the hype of the German who will be looking to swing the pendulum the other way with a win over Kim.

Kim is a brilliant striker, with success in boxing, a third-degree black belt in Hapkido and a black belt in Wushu Chinese kickboxing. She tends to fight on the outside using her reach advantage to her benefit. The Korean fighter is constantly moving to create angles to pick her opponents apart from the outside with jabs and low kicks.

Bohm, however, is much more patient on the feet. She likes to keep just out of range of her opponent, throwing single strikes, and looking for the one-punch knockdown on her opponent.

In her inaugural UFC bouts, the German has severely struggled to match the pace of her opposition, it’s unlikely that her patient style will work with someone who’s as good at fighting from range as Kim is. If Bohm is to win this fight, she’ll have to up the tempo of her strikes, throwing combinations instead of single strikes and mixing her kicks in as well.

This fight will an interesting watch as both women will be desperate to end their current loss streaks in this battle of power and patience vs volume and velocity.

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