Kai Kara-France

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Kai Kara-France
BornKaiwhare Kara-France[1]
(1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 26)
Other namesDon't Blink
NationalityNew Zealander
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight
Fighting out ofAuckland, New Zealand
TeamCity Kickboxing
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
Years active2010-Present
Mixed martial arts record
Total28
Wins20
By knockout9
By submission3
By decision8
Losses7
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kaiwhare Kara-France[1] (born March 26, 1993) is a New Zealand mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of October 28, 2019, he is #6 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

In November 2010, Kara-France began his professional MMA career in his home city of Auckland, New Zealand, with a first-round TKO win over Ray Kaitiana.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2016, Kara-France competed in The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions - the 24th edition of the UFC-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter.[4] He won his first fight with a 30-second KO win over Terrence Mitchell.[5] His second and final fight in this tournament was in the quarterfinals, where he lost by decision to Alexandre Pantoja.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kara-France was signed by the UFC on July 2018[7] and he made his UFC debut on December 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa against Ashkan Mokhtarian. However on November 21, 2018 Moktarian was pulled from the fight citing injury,[8] and he was replaced by Elias Garcia.[9] Kara-France won the fight via unanimous decision.[10] Both fighters were awarded US $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses.[11]

Two months later, Kara-France faced Raulian Paiva on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234.[12] He won the fight via split decision.[13]

Kara-France faced Mark De La Rosa on August 31, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Kara-France was briefly linked to a bout Sergio Pettis on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245.[16] However in early October, Pettis revealed that he was entertaining offers from other promotions after the completion of his previous contract and did not currently have a fight lined up with the promotion.[17] Kara-France is now expected to face Brandon Moreno.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 20 wins 7 losses
By knockout 9 2
By submission 3 2
By decision 8 3
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–7 (1) Mark De La Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang August 31, 2019 3 5:00 Shenzhen, China
Win 19–7 (1) Raulian Paiva Decision (split) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 18–7 (1) Elias Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 3 5:00 Adelaide, Australia Return to Flyweight. Fight of the Night.
Win 17–7 (1) Xiaoyu Shi Submission (rear-naked choke) Glory of Heroes - New Zealand vs. China March 4, 2018 1 N/A Auckland, New Zealand
Win 16–7 (1) Huoyixibai Chuhayifu Decision (unanimous) W.A.R.S. 19 November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Zhengzhou, China
Win 15–7 (1) Qileng Aori Decision (unanimous) W.A.R.S. 14 May 20, 2017 3 5:00 Zhengzhou, China Catchweight (129 lbs) bout.
Win 14–7 (1) Ze Wu TKO W.A.R.S. 13 April 22, 2017 1 2:01 Zhengzhou, China
Win 13–7 (1) Rodolfo Marques KO (punch) Hex Fight Series 8 March 31, 2017 3 2:59 Melbourne, Australia Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 12–7 (1) Tatsumitsu Wada Decision (unanimous) Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round December 29, 2016 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 12–6 (1) Crisanto Pitpitunge TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 52 March 18, 2016 3 0:00 Mangilao, Guam
Win 11–6 (1) Josh Duenas TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 50 December 4, 2015 1 0:22 Mangilao, Guam
Win 10–6 (1) Shantaram Maharaj TKO (punches) Bragging Rights 7 September 27, 2015 1 1:33 Perth, Australia Won the KOZ Flyweight Championship.
Win 9–6 (1) Dindo Camansa TKO (punches) Malaysian Invasion: Mixed Martial A'rr June 1, 2015 1 0:12 Andaman Sea, Thailand Flyweight debut.
Win 8–6 (1) Ik Hwan Jang TKO (punches) PRO Fighting 10 May 9, 2015 1 0:08 Taipei, Taiwan
Loss 7–6 (1) Jumayi Ayideng Decision (unanimous) Kunlun Fight 18 January 18, 2015 3 5:00 Nanjing, China
Loss 7–5 (1) Mark Striegl Submission (rear-naked choke) Malaysian Invasion 2: Grand Finals May 17, 2014 1 2:10 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Loss 7–4 (1) Gustavo Falciroli Submission (brabo choke) AFC 9 May 17, 2014 1 4:55 Melbourne, Australia For the AFC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–3 (1) Tieyin Wu Decision (unanimous) Kunlun Fight 1 January 25, 2014 3 5:00 Pattaya, Thailand
NC 6–3 (1) Gustavo Falciroli No Contest AFC 7 December 14, 2013 2 3:20 Melbourne, Australia
Win 6–3 Tieyin Wu Submission (guillotine choke) Bandung Fighting Club October 23, 2013 1 1:54 Manila, Philippines
Win 5–3 Yudi Cahyadi Decision (Uunanimous) Bandung Fighting Club September 29, 2013 3 5:00 Bandung, Indonesia
Win 4–3 Ho-Joon Kim KO (head kick) PRO Fighting 8 August 4, 2013 1 3:44 Taipei, Taiwan
Loss 3–3 Danaa Batgerel Decision (unanimous) Legend Fighting Championship 11 April 27, 2013 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Win 3–2 Caleb Lally Decision (unanimous) Rage in the Cage: MMA Fighting Championship October 13, 2012 3 5:00 Tauranga, New Zealand
Win 2–2 Sam Chan Submission (guillotine choke) Legend Fighting Championship 10 August 24, 2012 1 3:21 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 1–2 Agustin Delarmino KO (punches) Legend Fighting Championship 8 March 30, 2012 3 0:29 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 1–1 Chad George KO (punch) The Cage 2: USA vs. New Zealand December 2, 2011 1 2:04 Whakatane, New Zealand
Win 1–0 Ray Kaitiana TKO (punches) Supremacy Cage Fighting 7 27 November 2010 1 0:00 Auckland, New Zealand Bantamweight debut.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kaiwhare Kara-France is ready for battle at UFC 245". Māori Television. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  2. ^ "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  3. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kai". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  4. ^ Doyle, Dave (2016-07-19). "TUF 24 flyweight cast revealed". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  5. ^ "Video: Kai Kara-France earns quickfire TUF KO". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  6. ^ "Episode No. 8 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions'". MMA Junkie. 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  7. ^ "Kai Kara France received a UFC deal in a pretty cool way". MMA Junkie. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  8. ^ John Morgan (2018-11-21). "Ashkan Mokhtarian out of UFC Adelaide, UFC seeks Anzac opponent for Kai Kara-France". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  9. ^ "Elias Garcia steps in vs. Kai Kara France at UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide". MMA Junkie. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  10. ^ "UFC Adelaide: Kai Kara-France dominates Elias Garcia to a unanimous decision victory". FanSided. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  11. ^ Staff (2018-12-02). "Two octagon newcomers among UFC Adelaide bonus winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  12. ^ "Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva flyweight bout added to UFC 234". MMAJunkie. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  13. ^ "UFC 234: Kai Kara-France earns split decision win over Raulian Paiva". Newshub. 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  14. ^ NZME, Christopher Reive Christopher Reive is a sports reporter for (2019-07-16). "MMA: Kai Kara-France set for bout against Mark de la Rosa at UFC Shenzhen". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  15. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-08-31). "UFC Shenzhen Results: Kai Kara-France Improves Win Streak to Eight Straight". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  16. ^ Marvin France (2019-09-29). "Kiwi Kai Kara-France books fight against Sergio Pettis at UFC 245 in Las Vegas". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  17. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-10-03). "Free agency puts Sergio Pettis vs Kai Kara-France 'on hold' for UFC 245". MMAMania.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  18. ^ Christopher Rieve (2019-10-04). "Kai Kara-France to fight Brandon Moreno at UFC 245, Sergio Pettis now testing free agency". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  19. ^ Staff (2018-12-02). "Two octagon newcomers among UFC Adelaide bonus winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  20. ^ Sherdog.com. "Kai". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-09-23.

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