Amir Albazi showcased his determination and skill in a razor-close split decision victory over Kai Kara-France in the thrilling main event of UFC Vegas 74. The hard-fought battle left fans on the edge of their seats, and now Albazi is calling for a shot at the gold.
Throughout the fight, both fighters displayed their strengths, making it a back-and-forth spectacle. While Kara-France exhibited superior hand speed and accuracy on the feet, Albazi's power punches and forward aggression seemed to sway the scorecards in his favor. His relentless pursuit of control in the center of the octagon forced Kara-France to fend off takedowns.
“I know it was a close fight,” Albazi said following the win. “It’s not how I planned this fight to go. I showed my guts. I showed what I can bring to the table. I’m just having fun, maybe a bit too much fun.
“Next time I come in, I like to put on finishes. A win is a win but next time I’ll put on a better show.
In the third round, Albazi nearly secured victory with a submission attempt, locking in a rear-naked choke. Kara-France, however, showed tremendous resilience, escaping the hold, and even launching a counterattack. The momentum seemed to shift, but Albazi's dominance throughout the fight couldn't be ignored.
With this hard-earned win, Albazi extended his undefeated streak in the UFC and secured his sixth consecutive victory overall. Now, he has his sights set on the ultimate prize—the flyweight title. Albazi eagerly awaits the outcome of the upcoming title bout between Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 290 in July.
“There is only one thing I want,” Albazi shouted. “I will get that title. That’s all that matters. Abu Dhabi, Oct. 21, I know they’re coming to Abu Dhabi, that’s my people.
“Give me that fight, [Alexandre] Pantoja-[Brandon] Moreno, whoever wins that fight, I want to be next. I’m next. Let’s go.”
Although the win over Kara-France may not have been the emphatic statement Albazi desired, it was undoubtedly the biggest triumph of his career. Defeating an established contender like Kara-France solidifies Albazi's position among the elite in the division and sets the stage for a potential title shot.
As the dust settles and Albazi basks in the glory of his hard-fought victory, the anticipation builds for his next challenge. Will he face Moreno, the current champion, or Pantoja, a formidable contender? Albazi's exceptional performance against Kara-France has undoubtedly earned him a place in the title conversation.