Octagon Cynosure featuring ‘Kai Kara-France’: UFC 245 fight preview, predictions & analysis


Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:28 AM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 10:28 AM UTC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) presents us with one of the biggest events of the year this Saturday, UFC 245! Kai Kara-France will be our main focus when he faces dangerous Flyweight Brandon Moreno.
<p style="text-align:center"> </p><div><h2 style="text-align:center">Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Moreno</h2><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>UFC 245 will be on Saturday the 14th December live from Las Vegas, Nevada</strong></p><div style="text-align:center"> </div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>UFC 245 Prediction: <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/kai-kara-france-vs-brandon-moreno-3991438/" target="_blank">1.5u on Kai Kara-France @ [1.63] [-162]</a> with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bet365</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Kai Kara-France</h2><p>#6 ranked UFC Flyweight ‘Kai Kara-France’ returns to the octagon this weekend and with the number one ranked gym ‘City Kickboxing’ by his side… the confidence levels will be elevated. With hopes to dethrone the number 5 ranked Flyweight Brandon Moreno, Kai will sure to be on his A-game in Las Vegas for UFC 245.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://www.newshub.co.nz/dam/form-uploaded-images/v2-Kara-France_1120-Supplied.jpg" style="width:90%" /></p><p>Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Kai Kara-France would begin his martial arts at the tender age of 10. Finding Jiu-Jitsu and using it as an outlet to have some fun with his friends. After giving up within a couple of years, Kai would then pursue the sport of Soccer in high school. With his small stature, when attending school Kai would struggle to overcome bullying. It was now the time to pick up where he left off all those years ago, Kai began training in the gym again but this time he’d pick up Kick-Boxing, Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.</p><p>His first amateur fight would take place at the age of 16, with no weight classes and a minuscule amount of fights available; Kai would accept fights under a huge size disadvantage. Weighing just 62kg, his first amateur fight was against an opponent weighing 75kg, almost 15kg heavier! Notably, his third fight would be against a 30-year-old fighter who was also much larger than Kai. After a bloody scrap and his hand raised, Kai realised he could do this for a living and the passion for the sport became stronger. His professional debut wasn’t far behind and with a first-round TKO due to a head-kick, attention was starting to move his way.</p><p>Subsequently, Kai would attend Auckland University but the work toll was too much, education was becoming a distraction and a hindrance towards his progression in mixed martial arts. He transferred to a more “sports-based” University but still couldn’t focus himself on MMA as he dreamt of. A well-known gym in Thailand ‘Tiger Muay Thai’ were offering</p><p>passionate martial artists an opportunity to earn themselves a free scholarship, without hesitation Kai sent in his CV. From 1000’s of applicants, Kai and 30 or so others were highlighted to begin try-outs at the famous gym. With only 5 scholarship positions available and being the youngest fighter at try-outs, Kai impressed coaches enough to be chosen in the final 5. 10 countries across Asia, with insane events such as; cards being held on a cruise ship, Kai continued to learn, fight and earn money through his passion of martial arts. A win streak of 5 fights and 5 knockouts and ‘Don’t Blink’ was born. It wasn’t all glitz and glamour, at one stage of his journey in Asia, Kai would have to accept boxing matches just to earn him enough money to live on. The determination and dedication of Kai have brought him along the way.</p><p>Season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter would be Kai’s first taste of the big stage. Coached by current champion Henry Cejudo but unfortunately, he would lose in the semi-final to the number 1 ranked fighter on the competition. He was the only fighter to have a knockout on the show but this still wasn’t enough for Dana White to offer him a contract. Fast-forward two years and Kai was riding another 5-fight win streak, the UFC could no longer ignore the talent presented.</p><p>Eugene Bareman and his gym City Kickboxing would be the game-changer for Kai. With so much talent and notoriety, it wasn’t long before Kai’s win streak turned into a UFC contract. One day unexpectedly, a video was played at training where President Dana White would congratulate Kai and offer him a position on the Flyweight roster. The lineage of kickboxing in New Zealand is huge, City Kickboxing may give the impression that they’re a kickboxing gym but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re the #1 ranked martial arts gym for a reason. With fighters like current UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and current Featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski, the bar has been set… can Kai Kara-France reach those heights?</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Moreno ‘Fight Talk’</h2><p>Kai has 3 fights in the UFC with 3 wins and of course when making his debut he gave the performance of his life and won ‘fight of the night’ achievements to go along with it. It’s very rare to see a debuting fighter take a W, let alone the fight of the night performance alongside it. Elias Garcia was pitted against the toughest fight he could’ve got as a late replacement but Kai would show he doesn’t just run through scrubs. Rualian Paiva and dangerous Flyweight Mark De La Rose would both fall victims to the elusiveness of Kai.</p><p>His opponent this weekend will be a fighter Kai knows all too well; Brandon Moreno was another contestant on the Ultimate Fighter season 24 and has defeated some of the division’s best. Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz have all suffered defeat at the hands of Moreno and he was undefeated until his meeting with technical striker Sergio Pettis.</p><p>Neither fighter has a favoured style they’ll present to us this weekend; I expect this Flyweight bout to be an all-round martial arts contest. Both fighters are dangerous in all aspects of the fight game, with that being said, I just believe Kai holds a power advantage whilst Moreno clearly has the Jiu-Jitsu edge. In my opinion, we’re going to see Moreno hunting for a submission whilst Kai will be seeking his advantages on the feet with his striking offence. We’ll see a brown belt BJJ artist with no knockouts on his record in Moreno versus a blue belt BJJ practitioner with a large number of knockouts on his record in Kai.</p><p style="text-align:center">&lt;iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EOVSd8QrNg8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p><h2 style="text-align:center">The Outcome</h2><p>With a fight-card so stacked at UFC 245 making fight predictions is rather daunting. The talent levels are at an all-time high for this one but Kai stands out to me like a sore thumb. His willingness to evolve during his fights and the fight IQ he presents is that of a 20-year veteran. He has the perfect team beside him and possibly the biggest task of his career in front of him.</p><p>Brandon Moreno has shown signs of greatness but at the same time, proved he can be beaten. His cardio issues after utilizing his grappling all too often are something we shouldn’t ignore. Kai doesn’t seem to slow down; his hand speed is lightning fast and dealing with the larger fighter is something Kai is all too familiar with.</p><p>This fight is assuredly flying under the radar and to be honest, how can we blame anyone. If scheduled for a regular fight night event of ESPN special, Kai and Brandon would be the co or main event without a doubt. It’ll be Kai’s first fight outside of the Kiwi or Asia and alongside him will be fellow teammate Alexander Volkanovski who challenges Max Holloway for the Featherweight title. The fairy-tale ending is something Kai deserves just as much as anyone on this fight card and I’ll be siding with hot Flyweight prospect this weekend and let’s not forget Kai’s nickname, ‘Don’t Blink’ because you never know what could happen.</p><p>UFC 245 will be on Saturday the 14th December live from Las Vegas, Nevada</p><p>UFC 245 Betting Prediction: <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/kai-kara-france-vs-brandon-moreno-3991438/">1.5u on Kai Kara-France @ [1.62] [-162] </a>with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bet365</a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&amp;a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></p></div>
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