Albazi (16-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will meet former interim title challenger Kai Kara-France (24-10 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in five rounds as he tries to continue his UFC tenure. Hot start flyweight bout at UFC Apex and airing on ESPN.
It’s a great opportunity for Albazi against his most high-profile opponent to date, and he fully intends to take advantage of the situation. If all goes according to plan, Albazi said there will be no doubts about who is next in line. Ultimate Fighting Championship 290 Title fight between Brandon Moreno and Alexandria Pantoya on July 8.
“I don’t need to do callouts,” Albazi told MMA Junkie and other reporters at UFC on ESPN 45 Media Day Wednesday. “After this fight, they’ll know I’m next. I know I’m next. I want to fight for the title in Abu Dhabi. I’m going to finish Kai this Saturday night and then I’ll see how it goes Played in Pantoja vs Moreno. Whichever one, best man wins, I’m next in Abu Dhabi.”
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Albazi said he recognizes that his resume doesn’t scream his undeniable top talent in title contention. However, he said this was largely indirect. He has had numerous duels against highly ranked opponents, and their failures are largely through no fault of his own.
He’s delighted that Kara-France accepted a fight with him and competed for a week, and now he’s ready to make a statement to the UFC and the rest of the 125-pound class in the spotlight of headline opportunities.
“He’s a good opponent,” Albazi said. “Of course, he’s No. 3 (in the UFC rankings). But I’m the next champ. So whoever they want to put in front of me, I’m going to be ready. … I’m going to show people Why I’m the next champion.
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