Kai Kara-France enters UFC 277 focused on ultimate prize: 'I truly believe I'm going to be a world champion'
DALLAS – won't let the "interim" label take away from what he's trying to achieve Saturday night. Kara-France contender returns to the cage for a rematch against Brandon Moreno in the co-main event of UFC 277, this time in a five-round bout to determine who…Kara-France contender returns to the cage for a rematch against Brandon Moreno in the co-main event of UFC 277, this time in a five-round bout to determine who will be the interim flyweight titleholder as champion Deiveson Figueiredo recovers from a hand injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight scrappers Kai Kara-France and Brandon Moreno will rematch this weekend (Sat., July 30, 2022) at UFC 277 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. © Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Kara-France is riding a major hot streak, knocking off former champions and top contenders. Though he’s fought as a professional well over 30 times, Kara-France is still just 29 years of age, and the Kiwi really seems to be peaking right now. Moreno, meanwhile, finds himself in a strange place. He’s arguably gotten the better of his 1-1-1 trilogy with Deiveson Figueiredo, but he doesn’t currently have the title nor any clear-cut avenue towards a fourth fight.
UFC 277 weigh-in results and live video stream (10 a.m. ET)
DALLAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Friday's UFC 277 fighter weigh-ins. The early weigh-ins take place at the UFC host hotel in Dallas and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 5 p.m. ET at American Airlines Cent er in Dallas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+. Among those weighing in are women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Peña (11-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and former champ Amanda Nunes (21-5 MMA, 14-2 UFC), who meet in the main event rematch.
In short, both men are highly deserving of this interim title booking. Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:
Record: 24-9 (1)
Key Victories: Askar Askarov (UFC on ESPN 33), Cody Garbrandt (UFC 269), Rogerio Bontorin (UFC 259), Raulian Paiva (UFC 234), Tyson Nam (UFC Fight Night 168)
Key Losses: Brandon Moreno (UFC 245), Brandon Royval (UFC 253)
Keys to Victory: Kara-France is an excellent representative of the City Kickboxing style. He’s damn difficult to take and hold down, and on the feet, Kara-France combines smart movement and active feints with an absolute bomb of a right hand.
In the first fight, Kara-France started out quite strong. He won the opening frame on the strength of his distance striking, but as the fight wore on, Moreno grew bolder. He started pushing the pace hard, getting in Kara-France, and ultimately taking control of the contest. By the end of the fight, Moreno was walking Kara-France down and sticking him with long punches.
UFC 277: Peña vs. Nunes 2 prediction, odds, picks, time, lines: Best bets on the fight card from MMA expert
SportsLine's Kyle Marley reveals his UFC 277 picks and predictions for Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes preview Nunes (21-5) remains the most dominant female champion in the history of the UFC and is one of the all-time greats regardless of gender. She is the only woman to ever hold two division titles simultaneously and the only UFC champion to successfully defend both.The sinister Brazilian slugger hadn't tasted defeat since losing by stoppage to veteran contender Cat Zingano in September 2014, and few MMA observers believed that streak would end when she met Peña at UFC 269 last December.
Both men felt that momentum and confidence shift, and for Kara-France, the key to victory is to avoid a similar flow. To stop Moreno from walking him down, Kara-France has to earn his opponent’s respect. Ideally, he’ll stop the pressure by timing a big overhand, and if that punch happens to knock the former champion out, all the better!
If Kara-France can sting Moreno a few times and make him feel those punches, his kickboxing game will be far more fluid.
Key Wins: Deiveson Figueiredo (UFC 263), Jussier Formiga (UFC Fight Night 170), Dustin Ortiz (UFC Fight Night 108), Brandon Royval (UFC 255), Kai Kara-France (UFC 245)
Key Losses: Deiveson Figueiredo (UFC 270), Sergio Pettis (UFC Fight Night 114), Alexandre Pantoja (UFC Fight Night 129)
Keys to Victory: Moreno has developed from scrappy underdog to genuine badass. He’s extremely slick on the mat with his sudden takedowns and back takes, but much of his improvement has come on the feet. The Mexican fighter probably has the best jab at 125 pounds.
UFC 277: Peña vs. Nunes 2 odds, predictions, lines: MMA expert releases surprising fight card picks, best bets
Andrew Gombas locked in his UFC 277 best bets for Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Peña and the rest of the fight cardCaesars Sportsbook lists Nunes as a -300 favorite (risk $300 to win $100), while Peña comes back at +250 in the latest UFC 277: Peña vs. Nunes 2 odds. In the co-main event, former flyweight champion Brandon Moreno (-200) faces Kai Kara-France (+175) for the interim belt. Before settling any UFC 277: Peña vs. Nunes 2 picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
As mentioned, Moreno really ended up bullying Kara-France in the first fight. He was keeping his hands low and egging the Kiwi on, generally showing little fear for the offense coming back his way. Any time Kara-France threw something in his direction, Moreno would pull and fire back right away, which forced his opponent to shell up.
Moreno still has all the necessary attributes to fight a similar game plan. His length was a huge advantage in the first fight; when Kara-France came up short, Moreno landed. Establishing the jab will once again be very helpful in managing that extra bit of distance, and it’ll make his counter strikes easier to land.
Likely, Kara-France will come into this fight aiming to kick the calf, a strategy Figueiredo used to limit the jab and off-balance Moreno. So long as Moreno addresses that strike, however, he’s fine. He can do so by answering with his own calf kicks, countering immediately with punches, or by diving onto takedowns — anything to add a bit of hesitation before Kara-France chops into his ankle.
Pressure, already an important part of the first fight, will also help nullify Kara-France’s kicking game.
UFC 277 Predictions, Preview, And Analysis
UFC 277 predictions, preview, and analysis for the Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes-led pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat., July 30, 2022, at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, also featuring Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara France.Julianna Pena will make her first 135-pound title defense against former bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, a rematch booked not long after “The Venezuelan Vixen” shocked the world with her second-round submission win over “Lioness” to close out 2021. Now Pena gets to prove her first victory was not a fluke when they run it back atop the UFC 277 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for this Sat. night (July 30, 2022) from inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
This may end up being a fight for the undisputed crown if “Daico” lives up to his Bantamweight promise.
Regardless of which belt is on the line here, it’s a great fight. Both of these Flyweights are in the primes of their career and have picked up major wins in the last couple years, which makes for a very different atmosphere compared to their first scrap as prospects. Their skill levels have risen considerably, and that makes for an even better match up. Hopefully, the victor here will throw down versus Figueiredo sooner than later, but if not, perhaps Alexandre Pantoja will finally get his shot.
Defeat looks different for either man. Kara-France would see the best win streak of his career snapped, but seeing as he’s still yet to fight Figueiredo, his path to another shot could be short. Defeat would leave Moreno winless in his last two, which hurts his position considerably even if both fights had a title on the line.
At UFC 277, Kai Kara-France and Brandon Moreno will battle for interim gold. Which man leaves the cage with a new belt?
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