Kai Kara-France
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Back on UFC 245 card
FlyweightUFC
October 4, 2019
Kara-France has a replacement for UFC 245 on Dec. 14, facing Brandon Moreno, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France was originally scheduled to face Sergio Pettis, but Pettis left the promotion and is now a free agent. The New Zeland native, who has been rising up the flyweight rank, will get his chance on the pay-per-view card anyway, looking to extend a three-match winning streak to open his UFC career.
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No longer on UFC 245 card
FlyweightUFC
October 3, 2019
Kara-France will no longer be facing Sergio Pettis at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France has been rising up the UFC's flyweight ranks, starting his career with three consecutive decision victories, including a Fight of the Night bonus in his debut last December. Pettis would have represented a chance to get a noteworthy name on his resume, but now it's unclear what the next step might be, or if he'll remain on the December card. Kara-France would ideally want to stay on that card, as it's a pay-per-view event set to be headlined by three title fights.
Fighting Pettis at UFC 245
FlyweightUFC
September 28, 2019
Kara-France will face off against Sergio Pettis at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France hasn't lost since Dec. 29 2016, winning his past eight bouts. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision over Mark De La Rosa. Nine of Kara-France's 20 wins have come via KO/TKO, eight have come by decision, and three have been submissions.
Runs win streak to eight straight
FlyweightUFC
August 31, 2019
Kara-France defeated Mark De La Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France's massive advantage on the feet, as expected, proved to be too much for De La Rosa. Kara-France stood an excellent chance of winning this fight as long as he could keep it standing and he did a terrific job of stuffing six of seven takedown attempts from his opponent. He also landed his only try for good measure. Kara-France has proven to be a highly intriguing prospect throughout the early portion of his UFC career. He has won his first three fights with the company and is riding an eight-fight win streak overall. He deserves a step up in competition his next time out.
On Shenzhen prelims
FlyweightUFC
August 23, 2019
Kara-France will take on Mark De la Rosa in a flyweight matchup at UFC Shenzhen on Aug. 31, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France is a perfect 2-0 under the UFC banner and hasn't been shy about his title aspirations. While he continues to fight in a 125-pound division viewed as dying by many, a three-fight winning streak is still a good way to earn him a big-name opponent. While the sample size is small, Kara-France holds edges in volume striking and wrestling statistics. He's an inch shorter than de la Rosa, but will sport a four-inch reach advantage.
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.