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Kai Kara-France vs. Rogerio Bontorin announced for UFC 259

Kai Kara-France
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kai Kara-France and Rogerio Bontorin are both seeking to stay in the flyweight title hunt this March.

The UFC announced Thursday that Kara-France (21-9, 1 NC) and Bontorin (16-2, 1 NC) will fight at the UFC 259 pay-per-view on March 6, with a location to be determined.

The matchup was first reported by Combate.

Kara-France and Bontorin are both coming off of losses. At UFC 253 this past September, Kara-France lost by second-round guillotine choke submission to Brandon Royval, while Bontorin suffered his first UFC loss to Ray Borg via decision in a 128-pound catchweight bout (Borg missed the originally agreed upon flyweight limit by two pounds) last February.

Prior to his recent 1-2 slump, New Zealand’s Kara-France won his first three UFC bouts against Mark De La Rosa, Raulian Paiva, and Elias Garcia.

Bontorin also holds a win over Paiva, and he was victorious in his UFC debut in February 2019 when he beat Magomed Bibulatov by split decision. He was signed in 2018 following a successful appearance on the Brazilian edition of Dana White’s Contender Series.

A light heavyweight bout between Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1) and Carlos Ulberg (3-0) was also announced Thursday for the March 6 card. The matchup was first reported by It’s Time For Sports.

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