- 0 Comment(s)
For most in the know, the news of Kai Kara France joining the UFC came long overdue.
On Thursday, the 25-year-old flyweight prospect heard from UFC President Dana White in a video message, surrounded by teammates, that he’d earned a contract with the leading MMA promotion.
On a five-fight win streak, France (17-7) looks to be a refreshing addition to the UFC’s flyweight division, which has only ever been reigned by current champion Demetrious Johnson.
“Don’t Blink” is well-known in the Oceanic region for his astonishing knockout power, a highly coveted ability in his weight class. France has won four fights by knockout in 30 seconds or less, including his first appearance on The Ultimate Fighter 24. He claimed the only knockout of the season against Terrence Mitchell in the first round of the show, but lost in the quarterfinals to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision.
France is the fifth New Zealander currently signed by the UFC; he joins City Kickboxing teammates Dan Hooker, Israel Adesanya and Shane Young.