Kai Kara-France has made it known he wants to fight for UFC gold next time out.
Kara-France picked up the biggest win of his career as he scored a first-round TKO over the former bantamweight champ, Cody Garbrandt. He dropped and hurt Garbrandt early and then finished him off. With the win, the Kiwi believes he made a statement and wants a title shot.
“I think I made a statement tonight,” Kara-France said after UFC 269. “I took out a former champ. It’s a great story. Brandon Moreno vs. (Deiveson) Figueiredo, this will be the third time they’re fighting. I fought Brandon three years ago in 2019. It was a close fight. He’s done well since then and improved a lot, but so have I.
“I feel like the other flyweights that were ahead of me in the rankings, they’re not here tonight. I’m here. It was my show tonight, so I feel like I leaped-frogged them, and I’m next in line for the title shot,” Kara-France concluded.
Kai Kara-France is looking at the title shot next
Entering his UFC 269 fight against Cody Garbrandt, Kai Kara-France knew had the former champ won, he would’ve gotten a title shot. With that, that is why he believes he also deserves a crack at UFC gold next time out.
Although his focus is on the belt, Kara-France is pleased with his performance as he knew Gabrandt was going to be a tough out. Yet, he showed just how good he is and believes he might have retired the former champ.
“He thought he was going to take over the flyweight division, so I shut that off tonight,” Kara-France said. “I might’ve retired him. That’s just what we do at City Kickboxing: We fight the best in the world, and I know we have the best in the world. We proved that tonight. It was pretty special. I’m lucky to have all my teammates and I cant wait to see what the future holds.”