After Kai Kara-triumph, France’s Deiveson Figueiredo sets his sights on the ‘dirty kiwi.’
UFC Columbus’ biggest winner is Kai Kara-France.
Kai Kara-France came into UFC Columbus as the UFC’s sixth-ranked flyweight. Following a decision victory over Askar Askarov, Kara-France could be the next flyweight title challenger to emerge from Columbus. That is, if current flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, who called Kara-France a “dirty kiwi,” is to be believed.
Figueiredo congratulated Kara-France on his performance and suggested he replace Brandon Moreno as the next flyweight contender on Twitter after seeing it. Early this week, Figueiredo and Moreno were thought to be close to agreeing to compete for a fourth title bout. However, Figueiredo’s tweet suggests that such talks may have come to a halt.
Kara-France advanced to 24-9 with one no-contest after his win on Saturday. For the third time in a row, Kara-France won. When the rankings are updated on Monday, Kara-France will rise in the rankings after defeating second-ranked Askarov.
Figueiredo chose to play matchmaker in his tweet after tagging UFC President Dana White. Moreno must avenge his loss to third-ranked flyweight Alexandre Pantoja, according to the Brazilian flyweight champion. On May 19, 2018, Moreno and Pantoja battled, with Pantoja winning by decision.
Figueiredo and Moreno fought three times in the UFC, at events 256, 263, and 270. Following their first-round finishes at UFC 255, the two decided to fight at UFC 256 on short notice.
Figueiredo and Moreno’s first fight was one of the finest of 2020, but it ended in a draw. Moreno won the championship six months later after submitting Figueiredo in the third round. Figueiredo reclaimed the title at UFC 270, winning by decision.