Kai Kara-France
Don't Blink

New Zealand

Shockingly submitted at UFC 253
FlyweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Kara-France lost to Brandon Royval via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:48 of Round 2 at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's a back-breaking loss for Kara-France. He gave Royval some of his best shots early, but Royval weathered the storm and returned plenty of fire on his own. There were some wild grappling exchanges as well, and those finally caught up to KKF in the second frame. Entering with a 4-1 record in the UFC and seemingly in prime position to fly up the rankings in a thin flyweight division, Kara-France let opportunity slip right through his fingers. He's an aggressive fighter by nature, but there's a clear difference between aggressiveness and recklessness, and KKF paid the price. Kara-France is an excellent striker but has no ground game to speak of and his fight IQ is questionable, at best. Simply put, you're not going to defeat better competition unless you enter with some sort of a game plan. The 27-year-old needs a rebound performance his next time out. In the meantime, the back-and-forth affair will at least earn Kara-France a $50,000 bonus after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Books fight with Royval on Sept. 26
FlyweightUFC
July 27, 2020
Kara-France is scheduled to face Brandon Royval in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Sept. 26 event at a yet-to-be-determined location, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After losing earlier in December to Brandon Moreno at UFC 245 in Las Vegas, Kara-France rebounded in impressive fashion back in February at UFC Auckland, where he defeated Tyson Nam via unanimous decision. The victory marked his fourth since he made his UFC debut in December 2018.
Facing Alex Perez in San Diego
FlyweightUFC
March 6, 2020
Kara-France will fight Alex Perez in a flyweight match at UFC San Diego on May 16, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
"Don't Blink" boasts a 4-1 UFC record and is coming off an impressive win over Tysom Nam at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland. His last match having been late-February, he'll face a somewhat quick turnaround for his bout against Perez. Kara-France will look to make use of his quickness and solid all-around skillset to take down Perez in May.
Picks apart opponent in win
FlyweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Kara-France defeated Tyson Nam via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 20-27) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France had to deal with a powerful opponent bearing down on him for much of the night but was able to find joy by virtue of being the quicker man and puncher. While he did have to eat a few big shots along the way, Kara-France controlled much of the fight with a crisp, snapping jab and right hand. "Don't Blink" suffered an unexpected setback against Brandon Moreno in his last outing but improves to 4-1 in the UFC as a result of this win and 21-8-0 (1 NC) in professional MMA overall.
Making quick turnaround
FlyweightUFC
December 26, 2019
Kara-France will take on Tyson Nam in a flyweight bout at UFC Auckland on Feb. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kara-France's eight-fight win streak came to an end when he lost to Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, and he will make a quick turnaround when he faces Nam in late February. Nam stepped in on short notice for his UFC debut, when he lost to Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision at UFC Mexico City in September, but he will now get to fully prepare as he seeks his first win with the promotion. Kara-France carries excellent power in his hands, but he struggles on his feet and his wins under the UFC banner haven't come against elite competition. Nam carries a slight height advantage into the fight.
Drops decision to Brandon Moreno
FlyweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Kara-France lost to Brandon Moreno (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Fighting in North America for the very first time, Kara-France started quickly before fading. He was facing a very tough opponent, but both KKF's offensive and defensive efficiency deteriorated as the fight progressed. Kara-France has legitimate power in his hands and he's still young (26 years old), but his all-around game is lacking and he doesn't defend himself particularly well on the feet. The fact he has faced poor competition over the course of his nine-year MMA career is also a concern. KKF's potential is obvious, but this remains a work in progress.