The flyweight division has seen the introduction of an interim title to the weight class, with former undisputed kingpin, the #1 ranked contender, Brandon Moreno rematch the streaking finisher, #2 ranked striker, Kai Kara-France for interim spoils at UFC 277 on July 30.
In the pair’s first matchup, Brandon Moreno successfully landed a unanimous decision victory over Kara France as part of a three-fight winning run en route to his first title challenge. The bout took place back at UFC 245 in December 2019.
The Baja California native entered his UFC 270 co-headliner against Deiveson Figueiredo as the defending flyweight champion, however, suffered a unanimous decision loss to the Brazilian – who minted himself as a two-time titleholder in the division in the pair’s third fight,
Brandon Moreno became the first Mexican-born champion in UFC history back in June
Featuring more recently at UFC Columbus in March, Kiwi striker, Kara-France handed common-opponent, Askar Askarov his first promotional loss in the form of a competitive unanimous decision win. Ariel Helwani was first to report the interim title battle between Moreno and Kara-France.
“The UFC is working on finalizing on interim flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 on July 30, sources say,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.
Clinching the undisputed flyweight title in a June rematch with Figueiredo last year, Tijuana fan-favorite, Moreno managed to stop the Brazilian gold holder with a third round rear-naked choke in Glendale, Arizona.
Thrice sharing the Octagon with Figueiredo, Moreno first met the Brazilian at UFC 256 in December 2020, fighting over the course of a five round headliner to a majority draw, as Figueiredo retained the championship.
Before this initial title outing against Figueiredo, Moreno had scored a trio of victories against Kara-France, Jussier Formiga, and recent feature, Brandon Royval.
Kara-France managed to land a pair of impressive knockout wins over former bantamweight gold holder, Cody Garbrandt, as well as Rogerio Bontorin before earning the #2 rank at flyweight with his Columbus success against Askarov.