Kai Kara-France

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Likely to face Moreno on July 30
May 9, 2022
Kara-France is scheduled to face Brandon Moreno at UFC 277 on July 30 in a bout for the interim flyweight title, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
The fight isn't official at the moment, but Kara-France is poised to take aim at his third straight victory at UFC 277. Meanwhile, Moreno will be entering the fight having lost in his most recent trip to the Octagon on Jan. 22, when he fell to Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270.
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Pulls off second straight upset
March 26, 2022
Kara-France defeated Askar Askarov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Kara-France can struggle at times if his takedown defense is letting him down, but he's excellent on the feet and possesses the striking skills to make up a ton of ground in short order. That was the game plan he followed tonight, with Askarov using his grappling in the opening frame before Kara-France managed to remain upright over the course of the final ten minutes. All told, KKF stuffed 12-of-14 takedown attempts, an exceptional number. He landed 64 total strikes compared to just 37 from Askarov, and that ended up being the difference in the fight. Kara-France's activity level in the striking game won him this one. Don't look now, but KKF has won three straight and is closing in on a title shot in a painfully-thin flyweight division.
Expected to fight Askarov
December 25, 2021
Kara-France is targeting a fight against Askar Askarov on March 26 in a UFC event in the flyweight class, according to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com.
Kara-France and Askarov are two of the best flyweights in the world, and in fact, verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected in place shortly. The matchup is expected to produce a challenger for the upcoming title rematch between champ Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo, which takes place Jan. 22 at UFC 270.
Stuns Cody Garbrandt at UFC 269
December 11, 2021
Kara-France defeated Cody Garbrandt via TKO (punches) at 3:21 of Round 1 at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's the biggest win of Kara-France's career and it came in overwhelming fashion. Constantly overlooked in this fight due to the fact Garbrandt was moving down to make his flyweight debut, KKF responded by crushing Cody with a right hand and continuing the assault before before referee Herb Dean had finally seen enough. Kara-France has been inconsistent throughout the early portion of his UFC run, but perhaps this is the type of performance to get him going. He has legitimate power and is an excellent striker, as Garbrandt found out first-hand. Kara-France has now won back-to-back fights and improves to 6-2 overall with the company. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Set to face Garbrandt
August 2, 2021
Kara-France will face Cody Garbrandt in a flyweight matchup scheduled for December 11, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Kara-France is coming off a huge win over Rogerio Bontorin (TKO) in March this year, and he will try to repeat those results in this one. He will try to take advantage of the fact that his opponent has gone 1-4 over his last five bouts. Meanwhile, Kara-France has five wins since making his UFC debut in December 2018.
Survives and wins at UFC 259
March 6, 2021
Kara-France lost to Rogerio Bontorin via TKO (punches) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
About a half dozen things had to go right in order for Kara-France to win this fight, and here we are. The most herculean task KKF was facing was surviving a few deep, deep submission attempts from Bontorin in the early going. It got quite hairy at times, but he made it. The two men returned to the feet and Kara-France connected with a few big shots at the end of Round 1 that stumbled Bontorin. KKF walked away thinking the fight was over, but referee Herb Dean hadn't called it yet. He finally realized it and ran back to inflict more punishment, but Dean had waived it off by then. It was a baffling ending to a fight that had it all in the short time it lasted. Kara-France's power is intriguing for the flyweight division, and it's difficult to argue with his 5-2 record with the company, but KKF is inconsistent. The positives here is that he trains with an elite team at City Kickboxing and won't turn 28 years of age until later this month. He'll also walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.