Kai Kara-France
Don't Blink

New Zealand

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.
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Matched with Rogerio Bontorin
January 9, 2021
Kara-France will take on Rogerio Bontorin in a flyweight matchup scheduled for March 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Kara-France will be looking to pull out of a poor stretch which has seen him lose two of his last three fights, including a second-round submission loss to Brandon Royval in September in his most recent match. Bontorin is also coming off a loss, a unanimous decision defeat against Ray Borg in February, though that setback was just his second in his 18-fight professional career.
Shockingly submitted at UFC 253
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.
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.
Books fight with Royval on Sept. 26
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.
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
March 6, 2020
Kara-France will fight Alex Perez in a flyweight match at UFC San Diego on May 16, MMAJunkie.com reports.
"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
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.
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.