Amir Albazi will fight Kai Kara – France in the headline bout of the upcoming UFC on ESPN 46 fight card. The winner of this flyweight affair could easily elevate himself into title contention.
Amir Albazi vs. Kai Kara – France – fighters’ profiles
‘The Prince’ made a name for himself on the European MMA circuit. After stacking up a nine-fight winning streak he made his Bellator debut in 2017. His winning ways continued inside the Bellator’s circular cage. However, the Iraqi fighter met his match in Jose Torres, who bested him in his Brave CF debut. Albazi bounced back by submitting Ryan Curtis at Brave CF 29. Next, he made his UFC debut by submitting Malcolm Gordon at UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2. Since then he remain unbeaten inside the octagon.
Kai Kara – France sports a 24 – 10, 1 NC professional MMA record. A New Zealand native harnessed his fighting skills on the Pacific MMA scene. He first tasted the big leagues when he took on Tatsumitsu Wada at Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round. Unfortunately, he lost that bout by the judge’s decision. After stacking up a five-fight winning streak he made his UFC debut by besting Elias Garcia at UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa. After that, he won six out of nine fights. He was awarded Fight of the Night and two Performance of Night bonuses. In his most recent bout, he unsuccessfully challenged Brandon Moreno in the interim UFC flyweight title fight at UFC 277.
It’s safe to say that Albazi is a finisher. He has six KO/TKO finishes and eight submissions victories on his record. It seems that his favorite submission is a Rear – naked choke, which he used to secure three victories. He also tapped out his opposition with a Kimura and Triangle choke. His sole loss came by the way of judges’ decision.
Kara-France shares an ability to finish his fights before the final bell. He knocked out 11 of his opponents and secured three submission wins. He was awarded ten victories by the judges. On the other hand, he was bested that way on four different occasions. He also has three ko and three submission losses on his record.
If Albazi wants to come out victorious in his first headline bout he should look for a quick submission win. The longer the fight goes the more it favors Kara-France. The Kiwi fighter has a tendency to go for a KO finish till the final bell. However, there’s a strong possibility that judges could award victory to Amir Albazi.