Top contender Kai Kara-France headlines this Saturday night at UFC on ESPN 46 when he faces Amir Albazi live on ESPN. The event takes place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
UFC On ESPN 46 Big Moment For Kai Kara-France
Coming off a loss to Brandon Moreno for the interim UFC flyweight title, Kai Kara-France has the opportunity to right his ship this weekend. Kara-France headlines UFC on ESPN 46 against Amir Albazi.
The card takes place this Saturday live from Las Vegas and the UFC Apex. It will air on ESPN and stream on ESPN+.
Kara-France, a 30-year-old from New Zealand, watched recently as his teammate, Israel Adesanya, scored a big win himself. Now, he wants to do the same.
“Izzy going out there and shocking the world. One of the biggest moments in our generation for combat sport, knocking out Alex Pereira and the way he did, you couldn’t write a better script. And I take away so much from that just because the mental focus and the kind of character Izzy has is just amazing. Never once did he ever say ‘I can’t beat this guy’. And in his head, he’s always known that ‘I can get it back’. And that’s what I love to see. I love to see that confidence, where when everyone else is doubting you, you go in there and you get it done. And yeah, that’s why it was so shocking, just the way he did it and how he pumped himself up. And I took a lot away from that fight.”Kai Kara-France on Submission Radio
Prior to the loss to Moreno, Kara-France reeled off three consecutive wins. Included in that was a first round TKO over former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.
Kara-France is 24-10 overall with a no-contest, which includes a run of 12-3 over the last 15. Inside the Octagon, he has gone 7-3 with two of those defeats coming to Moreno.
Amir Albazi Presents Strong Challenge
In Albazi, Kara-France knows he will be facing a red-hot fighter, as he has won five in a row, highlighted by the last four coming with the UFC.
Last December, Albazi stopped Alessandro Costa in the third round. He also holds a pair of submission wins inside the Octagon to his resume and is 16-1 overall.
“Amir’s on a five-fight win streak, he’s got momentum, he believes in himself. And I love that he’s confident. But so am I. This is a guy that I’ve been preparing for for the last 12 weeks. I just don’t see myself getting taken down. I’ve fought these guys before. I’ve fought these wrestlers. I fought these grapplers, and we’ve passed the test with flying colors. The thing that separates me from Amir, from the rest of these flyweights, is I’m accurate. And when I get these guys tired, or get them second-guessing themselves, that’s when I put them away. So, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I love that I’m fighting guys that are on a big winning streak, coming in with hype and momentum. And then I can go out there and just take it all, take everything that I’ve learned, take everything that will propel me to another title fight, or climb the rankings to get back in that picture.”Kai Kara-France on Amir Albazi