VIDEO: Brutal First Round Knockout by Kai Kara-France Stuns Everyone at UFC 259

Published 03/06/2021, 9:01 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Kai Kara-France of New Zealand punches Rogerio Bontorin of Brazil in their flyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Kai Kara-France came up with a walk-off knockout against fellow Brazilian contender, Rogerio Bontorin, to start off the prelims of UFC 259. Bontorin started the fight in impressive fashion as he showed his superior ground game. The Brazilian got Kara-France’s back and attempted multiple submission attempts.

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But the Kiwi, Kara-France, held his own and didn’t let Bontorin be successful in those attempts. Once the fight got back to the feet, ‘Don’t Blink’ showed why he is such a highly appreciated striker and why he is considered a big prospect. He landed some nasty shots on Bontorin and sent the Brazilian to the ground.

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Both fighters showed their expertise in the fight. But Kara-France’s power and accuracy in the stand-up were too much for Bontorin to handle. Kara-France, who came into the fight after a submission defeat to Brandon Royval, snapped a two-fight skid and showed the world that he had worked on defense against submissions.

Many believed that submissions could have been the recipe for disaster for ‘Don’t Blink’ in this fight too. Especially considering the decorated grappling background of Bontorin. However, that was certainly not the case.

Bontorin, who suffered a decision against Ray Borg last year, has now lost 2 in a row. Meanwhile, Kara-France has racked up 5 wins in the UFC. Given the quick fight, he will look to make it 6 as soon as possible.

What’s next for Kai Kara-France?

Kara-France got back to winning ways and will look to face a high-level opponent in his next fight. The winner of Askar Askarov vs Joseph Benavidez might be a good option for the Kiwi.

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Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo are set to lock horns in a rematch later this year. So, Kara-France will look to be back in contention among the top contenders.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (L-R) Rogerio Bontorin of Brazil attempts to secure a rear choke against Kai Kara-France of New Zealand in their flyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

A rematch against Brandon Royval might be on the cards too. Royval suffered an injury in his last fight, and maybe the UFC can book this fight once he returns to active competition. There is no doubt that only better things await ‘Don’t Blink’ and fans had better not blink when he is around.

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What did you make of Kara-France’s win? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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