- Kai Kara-France announced withdrawal from UFC 293 following a concussion during training
- “Don’t Blink” has lost two fights in a row prior to UFC 293
Top UFC flyweight contender and former title challenger Kai Kara-France confirmed that he wouldn’t be part of UFC 293 after suffering a concussion amid training.
An unfortunate Event
Breaking the news on his official Instagram account, “Don’t Blink” confided that he has been having “mixed emotions” at the moment but ultimately, he feels “gutted” about the unfortunate event. Kara-France also took the opportunity to apologize to all his supporters.
“I just wanted to come on here and give you guys an update. Unfortunately, I’ve had to withdraw from my next fight in Sydney, Australia, UFC 293,” Kara-France announced. “I suffered a concussion over the weekend in training. And I’ve been speaking to my coaches, my team, and my family and they all think it’s the right decision to put my health first.”
“I just want to say sorry to all the friends and family that bought tickets, flights, accommodation, all of the fans that were excited to fight live,” he continued. “I’m gutted I won’t be a part of this card. It’s been a tough week with my second son being born as well as me pulling out of this fight. [I have] Mixed emotions. Frustrated. But I’ve just got to focus on the positives and just spend time with my loved ones. So, I appreciate the ongoing support and we’ll be back soon. Much love.”
Kara-France was set to take on No. 10 flyweight contender Manel Kape at UFC 293. At the time this article was published, it is yet to be known who would fill in for “Don’t Blink.”
As it stands, Kara-France has been on a two-fight losing skid and is barely hanging on to the No. 5 spot in the official UFC flyweight rankings. Following a devastating title fight KO loss to Brandon Moreno at UFC 277, “Don’t Blink” suffered a split decision defeat to Amir Albazi at UFC Vegas 74.
On the other hand, Kape has gone unbeaten in his last three fights.