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Tyson Nam will be ‘punching for KOs, not points’ vs. Kai Kara-France at UFC Auckland

After a long road to get to the UFC, Tyson Nam is about to face his second consecutive top-10 flyweight fighter in the world. In his eyes, that means that “the UFC either loves me, or hates me.”

Either way, “The Naminal” is excited for the opportunity to shine in a high-level bout this Saturday.

Nam will face Kai Kara-France at UFC on ESPN+ 26. The event takes place at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand and will be headlined by a pivotal lightweight matchup between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.

The 36-year-old Nam recently sat down with to discuss the matchup and how excited he was to see Kara-France’s name on the other side of the contract, what he learned from his Octagon debut decision loss to Sergio Pettis at UFC Mexico City, working with Team Oyama and his good friend Ricky Simon, fighting in enemy territory against Auckland’s own Kara-France, his hilarious Instagram videos promoting Manscaped products and much more.

In addition, Nam is taking the lessons he learned from his first fight in the UFC to lead him to a victory this Saturday against an exciting counterpart in Kara-France.

“I never punch for points, I only punch for knockouts,” Nam told “I have a pretty good track record of going to someone’s hometown and getting a lot of boos from the fans afterwards.

“Usually it’s like half boos and half cheers, but people always come around. They always come around.”

Check out the full interview with Tyson Nam ahead of his flyweight matchup with Kai Kara-France this Saturday at UFC Auckland in the video above. Make sure to follow along with on Saturday as we’ll have live results and highlights of the event from the opening prelim, through the lightweight headliner between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.


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