Kai Kamaka
Fighting Hawaiian


Steps in against Jonathan Pearce
November 21, 2020
Kamaka will take on Jonathan Pearce on Nov. 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Kamaka steps in on just one week's notice after Sean Woodson withdrew from the fight for undisclosed reasons. The matchup will feature a pair of fighters with a combined two UFC fights on their resume. Kamaka won his UFC debut in August, beating Tony Kelley by unanimous decision, while Pearce suffered a first-round TKO loss against Joe Lauzon in his promotional debut back in October of 2019.
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Takes decision in UFC debut
August 15, 2020
Kamaka defeated Tony Kelley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This fight appeared to be close enough that it was a bit surprising it didn't end up in a split decision. Kamaka was clearly the more effective man early on. Kamaka did a nice job of peppering Kelley with combinations to the body during the first half of the bout. He also landed all five of his takedown attempts over the course of the first ten minutes. Kamaka faded a bit down the stretch but he apparently did enough in the early going to earn the unanimous decision. It was an entertaining, competitive affair between two men making their company debuts, and when it was all said and done, both men walked away with $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. While Kamaka has won six fights in a row, the lack of stopping power in his hands figures to be a major issue over the long term. The 25-year-old Hawaiian has yet to record a knockout win in his pro career.
Late addition to UFC 252
August 11, 2020
Kamaka has agreed to face Tony Kelley at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Kamaka doesn't have your typical unblemished record of a UFC prospect, but he's competed in high-level MMA, including Bellator and most recently, LFA. After starting his career 2-2, he's gone a perfect 5-0 since, picking up a unanimous decision in each trip to the cage. He'll face a fellow featherweight eight years his elder in Kelley, a Team Alpha Male product who has only competed once since July of 2016, which was a split-decision loss to now-UFC fighter Kevin Aguilar.