Kai Kamaka
Fighting Hawaiian

USA

To appeal Brown loss
FeatherweightUFC
May 3, 2021
Kamaka will appeal his UFC Vegas 25 loss to T.J. Brown, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Kamaka did manage a 30-27 mark on one of the judge's scorecards, but the other two saw it 29-28 for Brown. While one could definitely argue Kamaka's shots were more damaging, he was out-landed in two of the three rounds by Brown, losing the overall battle of significant strikes 82-to-61. Rarely do these appeals ever result in a successful overturn, but Kamaka's team will move forward with making the judges who saw it for Brown justify their decisions. In any case, Kamaka has now lost back-to-back fights with his record likely to stand at 8-4-0 overall.
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Drops controversial split decision
FeatherweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Kamaka lost to T.J. Brown via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's another questionable decision on an evening that has had quite a few of them. There's a real case to be made that the 30-27 score in favor of Kamaka was the correct one. The first and third frames were close, with Kamaka easily winning Round 2. Regardless of who you think deserved to win, Kamaka was once again held back by the lack of power in his hands. He doesn't have a single knockout victory in his professional career, and it's clear when watching him fight that his opposition doesn't feel the least bit threatened by his striking game. Kamaka is young enough (26 years old) to theoretically improve in that area, but one would think it would have happened already.
Taking on T.J. Brown
FeatherweightUFC
February 4, 2021
Kamaka will face T.J. Brown on May 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup features a pair of fighters without much UFC success, as they own a combined 1-3 record with the promotion. Kamaka owns the pair's lone win, having beaten Tony Kelley by unanimous decision in his promotional debut in August. He then went on to fall in the second round via TKO against Jonathan Pearce in November. Brown most recently lost by unanimous decision against Danny Chavez in August.
Gets upset by Jonathan Pearce
FeatherweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Kamaka lost to Jonathan Pearce via TKO (punches) at 4:28 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Kamaka came out firing combinations early and was really having success with his left jab. He did get taken down at the end of the round and briefly gave up his back, but made his way to his feet where the round ended. He was taken down again to start Round 2, but again got back to his feet where the two traded heavy shots. Pearce kept coming with the takedowns, however, and eventually Kamaka was unable to get back up. Pearce flattened him out on his stomach and put down some more heavy ground-and-pound that started to connect with frequency. It got to be too much for Kamaka, and the referee stepped in to call off the proceedings. Kamaka should get credit for taking this fight on short notice, but his six-fight winning streak is now a thing of the past.
Steps in against Jonathan Pearce
FeatherweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Kamaka will take on Jonathan Pearce on Nov. 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Takes decision in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
August 15, 2020
Kamaka defeated Tony Kelley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
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.