One of the hottest talents to emerge in the UFC lately has been Kai Kara-France. Kiwi loves to deliver brutal knockouts and has had wild enough changes in the octagon to satisfy even the bloodiest MMA fans.
After a three-fight streak in which he lost his perpetually underdog image, the 2nd-place fighter is gearing up to face Brandon Moreno for the interim flyweight title at UFC 277.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Black-France explained sport News What it was like to receive the call that he would fight for a championship and how he had to overcome challenges to be victorious in July.
” I was at home [when I got the call]said Black-France.
This was the news he had been waiting for after an impressive victory over Askar Askarov a few months ago.
Hoping that a win would carry him to the championship, he embarked on a battle against the previously undefeated Russians. He was right.
“I heard the news when I was at home. And 10 minutes later there was a knock on the door and USED [United States Anti-Doping Agency]” River.
With the usual formalities quickly completed, Black-France now have two months to prepare for their second encounter, the ex-Mexican champion.
In their first encounter, Kiwi did better than their opening act, letting his strong right hook hit his target several times.
However, Moreno managed to change his approach and won a unanimous decision victory, putting him on the championship gold path.
“He won the championship after our debut, so I gained confidence,” Kara-France said.
“He’s doing really well, that’s something he does. [Deiveson] Figueiredo is fighting. They caught him with big punches, but he always finds a way to stay in the fight and come back stronger.
However, Kiwi is confident that the improvements it has made to its game mean it will be a different proposition this time around.
He owes much of his success to gym City Kickboxing, which has helped him become one of the most dangerous fighters in the flyweight division.
We all feed off of the atmosphere there,” he said.
“It’s a loan [head coach] Eugene Barman. What it creates… you can feel it in the air. »
Since this defeat against Moreno in 2019, Kara-France has been doing well in the standings; In the first round, they brutally scatter players like former bantamweight champions Cody Garbrandt and Rogerio Bontorin.
“I know I’m the best in the world, so I have to go out there and prove it,” he said.
“I won’t doubt myself. I know it will be difficult; I hope. So I need to prepare as much as I can. I’ll put it all in and we’ll find out when we get there.”
After four years in the UFC, Kara-France has the opportunity to become the third active trans-Tasman champion along with teammates Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.
Kiwi knows that if he beats Moreno, a date with Figueiredo, who is currently recovering from a hand injury, will be on the horizon.
“He likes to punch and swing and I’ll be happy to do that… I want to go out there and get that knockout. [against the No.1-ranked contender Moreno],” said.
“I will go to the end of the highlights reel. This is what will take me to the next level where my next fights will get bigger. I want to make a general statement. »