MMA

New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France 3rd UFC win, beats Mark de la Rosa at ‘UFC Fight Night 157’ in China

Kai “Don’t Blink” Kara-France, 26, of Auckland, New Zealand was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 157,” which is also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 15.″ It was his third victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 professional mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC Fight Night 157” took place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China on August 31, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Kara-France competed in the flyweight division against Mark “Bumblebee” De La Rosa, 24, of Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

Steve Perceval served as the referee. After three five three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

In the end, Sharp raised the hand of Kara-France. The New Zealander was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

“This division is my oyster and I’m coming for my coach Henry Cejudo,” Kara-France said after his unanimous decision victory. “I could be a few fights away from fighting him eventually.”

“I’m just going to keep taking out names,” the Kiwi MMA fighter continued. “There are nine guys ahead of me.”

“UFC Fight Night 157” marked Kara-France’s third bout in the UFC and de la Rosa’s fourth bout in the promotion. The Kiwi contender is training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand while the American fighter is training out of Genesis BJJ in River Oaks, Texas.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 157” improved the professional MMA record of Kara-France to 20 wins, 7 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, de la Rosa now has 11 wins and 3 losses.

Eight countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 157” namely Brazil, China, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States. De la Rosa was one of the four fighters who represented the U.S. while Kara-France solely represented New Zealand.

The first two opponents Kara-France defeated in the UFC were Elias Garcia, 26, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Raulian Paiva, 23, of Santana, Amapa, Brazil. The Auckland native defeated Garcia via unanimous decision on December 1, 2018 and Paiva via split decision on February 9, 2019.

Kara-France was born in New Zealand on March 26, 1993 and he has been competing professionally since 2010. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Supremacy Cage Fighting, The Cage, Legend Fighting Championship, Rage in the Cage, Pacific Rim Organized Fighting, Banding Fighting Club, World Team USA, Australian Fighting Championship, Kunlun Fight, Malaysian Invasion MMA, K-Oz Entertainment, Rizin Fighting Federation, Hex Fight Series, Wu Lin Feng and Glory of Heroes.

Meanwhile, here is a “UFC Fight Night 157” post-fight interview with Kara-France:

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