Brandon Moreno ends Kai Kara-France with a body kick

Brandon Moreno is subsequent in line. He left little doubt of that Saturday at UFC 277.

In the co-main occasion at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Moreno (20-6-2 MMA, 8-3-2 UFC) completed Kai Kara-France (24-10 MMA, 7-3 UFC) with a body kick and punches on the 4:33 mark of Round 3.

The first two rounds have been intently contested with Moreno using his vary and technical putting nicely. Kara-France struggled to muster up a constant offense till the start of the third spherical. Kara-France discovered some success in a sequence during which Moreno shot for a leg however got here up brief.

Bobbing and weaving like a prime Benson Henderson on the bottom, Moreno was met with a few handfuls of knuckles from Kara-France, who stood over him. The pictures bloodied Moreno, who finally rose up and continued to battle.

As the clock wound down, Moreno landed a depraved left body kick to Kara-France’s midsection. There was no poker-facing it. Kara-France folded like a garden chair and clutched his midsection. Halfway between tending to the tender space and defending the onslaught of punches to the top, Kara-France was unable to defend himself and referee Herb Dean stepped in.

An interim title in his possession, Moreno aligned himself to battle the recovering champion, Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1 MMA, 10-2-1 UFC), sooner or later. It would be the fourth head-to-head assembly of their profession. The sequence is even at 1-1-1.

After the bout, Figueiredo joined Moreno contained in the cage. Despite the mean-mugging from Figueiredo, Moreno stated he wished to be an instance for his spouse and kids. So he apologized to Figueirdo for offending him prior to now and prolonged a hand. Figueiredo accepted the apology and the 2 put arms round one another as they rallied the gang.

With the win, Moreno bounced again from a title loss to Figueiredo at UFC 270 in January. He additionally took residence an interim title for the primary time. Since he joined the UFC in 2019, Moreno has compiled a 5-1-2 report with victories over Figueiredo, Jussier Formiga, Brandon Royval and two over Kara-France.

Moreno and Kara-France first competed towards one another at UFC 245 in December 2019. Moreno received by unanimous resolution.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 277 outcomes embody:

  • Brandon Moreno def. Kai Kara-France by way of TKO (body kick, punches) – Round 3, 4:34 – to win interim flyweight title
  • Sergei Pavlovich def. Derrick Lewis by way of TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:55
  • Alexandre Pantoja def. Alex Perez by way of submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:31
  • Magomed Ankalaev def. Anthony Smith by way of TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:09
  • Alex Morono def. Matthew Semelsberger by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Drew Dober def. Rafael Alves by way of knockout (body punch) – Round 3, 1:30
  • Hamdy Abdelwahab vs. Don’Tale Mayes by way of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Drakkar Klose def. Rafa Garcia by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Michael Morales def. Adam Fugitt by way of TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:09
  • Joselyne Edwards def. Ji Yeon Kim by way of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ihor Potieria by way of TKO (knees, punches) – Round 2, 3:33
  • Orion Cosce def. Blood Diamond by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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