Raulian Paiva
Can't be happy with the judges
February 9, 2019
Paiva lost to Kai Kara-France via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
Paiva did a good job staying in the pocket and landing counters. However, Kara-France was the one coming forward and landing. In the end, the judges seemed to be swayed by the forward pressure from Kara-France. Paiva made his debut following the Dana White Contender series, and he looked solid in this loss.
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Paiva will take on Kai Kara-France in a flyweight bout at UFC 234 on Feb. 10, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Paiva has been bouncing around various circuits since just before the age of 18, but finally earned his opportunity with a split-decision victory over Allan Nascimento on the Brazilian version of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He has a lot of fight time for a combatant of his age, riding a 12-fight winning streak with an overall record of 18-1. Just six of his 18 wins have been earned via stoppage. Across the cage will be a competitor in Kara-France that will have the home crowd behind him as a New Zealand native, in addition to have the advantage of having already competed on a UFC card. Both men could be fighting for their job in this one, as the UFC is expected to eliminate the men's 125-pound division at some point in 2018.