Kai Kara-France
Don't Blink
Picks up the pace
FlyweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Kara-France defeated Raulian Paiva via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
This was an interesting and close fight. Kara-France pushed forward and set the pace in the fight, but he did not seem to land as many strikes. Paiva did a good job of sitting in the pocket and landing counters. However, in the end, the judges seemed to be swayed by Kara-France's occasional power strikes. Paiva walked through them, but they still looked like the best strikes of the fight.
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Second trip to Octagon booked
FlyweightUFC
December 10, 2018
Kara-France will take on Raulian Paiva in a flyweight bout at UFC 234 on Feb. 10, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France made his promotional debut with a win over Elias Garcia at UFC Adelaide in a fight that netted him an extra $50,000 as Fight of the Night. The New Zealand native will once again get to fight with the crowd behind him, as this event is set to take place in Melbourne, Australia. Challenging Kara-France will be another young flyweight prospect, as Paiva is 23 years old and earned his shot with the UFC through the Brazilian version of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. The stakes will be high for both men, who could be fighting for their job due to the rumored elimination of the men's 125-pound division in the UFC.
Dominates Elias Garcia in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Kara-France defeated Elias Garcia via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Fight IQ is a real thing and Kara-France's awful decision making nearly cost him his UFC debut. Despite the fact he was destroying an overmatched Garcia on the feet, Kara-France foolishly engaged Garcia in a ground exchange in Round 2 and he nearly tapped out to an arm triangle and armbar as a result. Once Kara-France got through those tough moments, it was clear sailing. He finished the bout with a 157-20 edge in total strikes landed and a clean sweep on the judge's scorecards. The show both men put on earned them each a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.