Kai Kara-France is confident he will get his hand raised in his first UFC main event.
Kara-France is set to headline UFC Vegas 74 on Saturday night against Albazi in a pivotal flyweight bout. The winner will likely be a win or two away from a title shot, and it’s a chance for Kara-France to prove he still is a top-five flyweight after losing to Brandon Moreno for the interim belt last time out.
Albazi, meanwhile, is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC but hasn’t fought someone on the level of Kara-France which is why he is confident he can get the win.
“Amir was the guy who was closest to my ranking and available, so these contenders that are on win streaks with momentum and hype, they want to take my spot,” Kara-France said at media day. “I’m No. 3 (in the UFC rankings) and I welcome it. I want to fight the best guys. He’s a great fighter, he’s a great grappler, great wrestlers. He’s got momentum, but I’m here to take all that. I’m here to show him that there’s levels to this and that’s what I’m going to be doing on Saturday.”
Although Kai Kara-France is ranked third at flyweight, he isn’t worried about what a win does for him. Instead, he says he wants to get a few wins and really deserve the title shot, rather than rushing back into it.
“All I can do is go out and there and show my worth and show what I’m capable of,” Kara-France said. “I’m not here to rush back into a title fight. I’m just here to show everyone why I deserve it.”
Kara-France is coming off the TKO loss to Moreno and before that, had rallied off three straight wins over Askar Askarov, Cody Garbrandt, and Rogerio Bontorin. In the UFC, he is 6-3 inside the Octagon.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime