Report – Brandon Moreno, Kai Kara-France Meet In Interim Title Rematch At UFC 277 On July 30.

    ByRoss Markey

    May 10, 2022
    Brandon Moreno

    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, 

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    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. 

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    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.