Kai Kara-France is excited to fight Cody Garbrandt at UFC 269 on December 11.
Kara-France is welcoming Garbrandt to the flyweight division which is a fight many fans are excited about. Garbrandt is the former bantamweight champion and will be dropping down to 125lbs for the first time in his career. For Kara-France, he says that is making him have a bunch of questions like how the former champs, chin, cardio, and speed will hold up at flyweight.
“This is the biggest stage in the world and you don’t want to be cutting weight for the first time in front of all these people on the biggest pay-per-view with me standing in front of you,” Kara-France told MMA Junkie Radio. “You don’t know how your body is gonna react. Being a bantamweight earlier in my career, when I did make the cut down to flyweight, it took a few fights to kinda see the success and just figuring out how your body is gonna react. Over time that just comes with experience. This isn’t my first time cutting to flyweight in the UFC. This will be my eighth appearance now so there’s nothing new to me.
“For Cody, he’s trying to reinvent himself at this new weight class and there’s a lot of questions to be answered,” Kara-France continued. “How is he gonna recover from the weight cut? How is his chin going to hold up? How’s his cardio gonna weigh up?”
With Kai Kara-France uncertain how Cody Garbrandt’s chin will hold up at UFC 269, the Kiwi is confident he will be able to find the KO shot. Regardless, he says the fight will be fireworks and they plan on stealing the show in Las Vegas.
“It’s gonna be action-packed right from the get-go,” Kara-France said. “We’re gonna stand in the middle, we’re gonna be trading punches and strikes and he’s gonna feel the weight cut. He’s definitely gonna be pushed and eventually I’ll put him away so I can see myself being overwhelming and once he realizes the flyweights have power and it was a bad matchup to come down for the first time against me, he’ll realize that it was a bad move. If you look at T.J. Dillashaw as a blueprint of how to cut down to flyweight, it’s never ended well so I can’t wait and just expect fireworks.”
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