Last night’s flyweight main event between Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi at UFC Vegas 74 was nothing short of intense and controversial. The fight, aired live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, left fans buzzing with mixed emotions. Despite Kara-France’s valiant efforts over five grueling rounds, the judges surprisingly gave Albazi the split-decision victory, sparking heated debates among viewers. It’s safe to say that opinions on the outcome were divided and emotions ran high.
The first two rounds of the fight were an absolute nail-biter, with both Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi showcasing their skills in a neck-and-neck battle. Kara-France unleashed a relentless offensive on the feet, while Albazi relied on his ground game to gain crucial control time.
As the fight progressed, Kara-France seemed to gain the upper hand in the fourth round. His output doubled, and his impeccable takedown defense showcased his dominance. With every thunderous leg kick and sneaky right hand he landed, it appeared that victory was within his grasp. On the other hand, Albazi struggled to match Kara-France’s level of activity, leaving fans questioning if he had done enough to secure the win.
The tension in the arena was palpable as the fight entered the fifth and final round. Most spectators believed the contest was evenly matched up until that point. However, Kai Kara-France unleashed a flurry of punches, leaving no doubt about his determination to secure the win. Amir Albazi managed to find some clinch time against the cage, but it seemed like Kara-France’s overall performance had done enough to seal the victory.
In a surprising turn of events, the judges ultimately sided with Albazi, extending his undefeated UFC record to an impressive 5-0. The decision left the crowd buzzing with mixed emotions, as many had expected Kara-France to come out on top. It was a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the fight game and the importance of leaving it all inside the Octagon.
27-5 in significant strikes advantage + a takedown does not win you a round now apparently pic.twitter.com/liZLTrQegY
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) June 4, 2023
Kai Kara-France Shares Thoughts on Controversial Decision at UFC Vegas 74
Just a few hours after the main event, Kara-France turned to Twitter to raise a burning question regarding his contentious split decision loss.
“Who’s worse UFC judges or NRL Refs?”
Who’s worse UFC judges or NRL Refs?😅
— Kai Kara France (@kaikarafrance) June 4, 2023
Contrary to Kara-France’s light-hearted response, his teammate and UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya had a different reaction altogether. He was visibly frustrated and angered by the decision.
With this second consecutive loss, Kara-France experiences a new setback in his UFC journey, marking the first time he has faced back-to-back defeats. As a result, he is expected to slide down the UFC top 15 rankings. However, he will likely have an opportunity to bounce back when the UFC makes its return to Sydney, Australia for UFC 293 in September.