One of the hottest emerging talents in the UFC lately is Kai Kara-France. Kiwi likes to distort brutal blows, and in the octagon he had enough wild shifts to satisfy even the bloodiest MMA fans.
Breaking a series of three victories in which he lost his image of perennial backwardness, the 2nd-rank fighter is set to face Brendon Moreno for a temporary title in the UFC 277 lightweight.
However, not everything went smoothly. Kara-France revealed Sports New’s how to get a call that he will fight for the championship title and how he will have to overcome adversity to win in July.
” I was at home [when I got the call]said Kara-France.
After an impressive victory over Askar Askarov a few months earlier, this was the news he had been waiting for.
He had fought a previously undefeated Russian, hoping that victory would lead him to the title. He was right.
“I heard the news when I was home. And then after 10 minutes I knocked on the door and it was USED [United States Anti-Doping Agency]”It simply came to our notice then.
Quickly completing the usual formalities, Kara-France now has two months to prepare for the former Mexican champion, who will face her for the second time.
In his first meeting, the kiwi beat the starting exchange with his blows, allowing his strong right hook to find the target several times.
However, Moreno was able to change his approach and earned a unanimous victory, putting him on the golden path of the championship.
“He won the title after our first start, so I gained confidence,” said Kara-France.
“It goes very well, he has done it even in this country [Deiveson] Figueiredo is fighting. They caught him with big blows, but he always finds a way to stay in the fight and come back stronger.
However, Kiwi is convinced that the improvements to his game mean that this time it will be a different offer.
Much of his success is in his gym, City Kickboxing, which helped him become one of the most dangerous fighters in the lightweight category.
“We are all fed by the atmosphere there,” he said.
“It simply came to our notice then [head coach] Eugene Bartender. What he created … can be felt in the air. »
Since that defeat against Moreno in 2019, Kara-France has been in a good race in the rankings; in the first round, brutally sending players such as former weight champion Cody Garbrandt and Roger Bontorin.
“I know I’m the best in the world, so I have to go and prove it,” he said.
“I will not doubt myself. I know it will be difficult; I hope the EU. So I have to prepare as best I can. I will put it all together and find out when we will.”
After four years in the UFC, Kara-France now has the opportunity to become the third active trans-Tasman champion, along with teammates Israel Adesanja and Alexander Volkanovsky.
Kiwi knows that if he beats Moreno, he will have a date with Figueiredo, who is currently recovering from an injury.
“He likes to hit and swing, and I’ll be happy to do it too … I want to go out and get this slaughter. [against the No.1-ranked contender Moreno]” he said.
“I will go to the end of a series of important events. This will take me to the next level, where my next struggles will continue to get bigger and bigger. I want to make a broad statement.”
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