Cody Garbrandt will make his long-awaited flyweight debut against Kai Kara-France at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Dec. 11.
ESPN first brought word of the bout. The Las Vegas-based promotion has not formally announced the event or a location, but the matchup has nearly been finalized.
A former UFC bantamweight champion, Garbrandt has lost four of his last five Octagon appearances at 135 pounds, with his only victory during that time coming via second-round KO against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250. Most recently, “No Love” dropped a five-round verdict to Rob Font in the UFC Fight Night 188 headliner.
Anchored at City Kickboxing, Kara-France is coming off a first-round knockout of Rogerio Bontorin at UFC 259 on March 6. The 28-year-old Auckland, New Zealand, native is 5-2 in UFC competition and 22-9 with one no contest as a professional overall.
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