"Let's see if anyone from your country can beat someone from Dagestan. We know what happened last time," is the message Askar Askarov sent to Kai Kara France immediately after the latter registered his career victory at UFC 269.
It refers to his triumph against Cody Garbrandt, after which the New Zealander jumped to sixth place in the standings. Askarov was second at the same time, but aware that he would not be the next for the title attack, he called for a fight to confirm his status as a challenger.
Askarov thus referred to the victory of Islam Makhachev over Kai's teammate Dan Hooker, and now Kara France will have the opportunity to bring the ratio to 1: 1. Namely, the fight against Askar has been agreed upon and will take place on March 26 in Columbus at the Fight Night event led by Aleksandar Rakić and Jan Blachowicz.
The 29-year-old Askar is an undefeated fighter who came to the UFC as an ACA promotion champion. He has recorded three victories in the Octagon so far and a draw against Brandon Moreno, which was also his debut in the promotion.
Despite that, he did not get the opportunity to attack the title, but he will have to ensure that with another triumph. It is interesting that at one point he was even put behind Alexandre Pantoja, a fighter he defeated, but Pantoja had to give up the fight against Moreno due to injury.
As for Kara-France, he is a year younger than Askar and has 23 wins and 9 losses in his career. As a UFC fighter, he is on six wins and two losses, and for his last two wins, he has also won a bonus for performing tonight.
It is certain that Kara France has a lot to offer The next fight for the title of the flyweight category will be the third clash between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo, and it is currently unknown what are the plans of Pantoja who will not so easily relinquish the position he considers to be his.
In any case, exciting matches full of adrenaline and good moves await us, given that all these fighters are amazing in what they do, and we can not expect anything but a real spectacle. The stakes are high, but the pressure is what they have to deal with because one match can change many things