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We have a potential number one contender’s fight in the Flyweight division, as Askar “Bullet” Askarov takes on Kai “Don’t Blink” Kara-France. Unbeaten in mixed martial arts, Askarov has made his presence known inside the octagon. In four fights under the promotion, Askarav has a draw against the former Champion Brandon Moreno, a win over the third ranked Alexandre Pantoja and wins over former title challengers Tim Elliott and Joseph Benavidez. Not too shabby if you ask me. Meanwhile, Kara-France comes into this a winner of two straight and three of the last four. Most recently knocking out the former Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt in the opening round, Kara-France has his eyes set on turning this opportunity into a title shot.
As for a prediction, I have Askarov winning. While I anticipate this fight to be an entertaining, Askarov has been a force inside the octagon. Backed by excellent grappling and cardio, Askarov has landed eleven takedowns and over eighteen minutes of control time in four fights. With his striking coming along, it’s only a matter of time before Askarov has the target on his back in the Flyweight division. Having said that, Kara-France is a good challenge. A powerful striker with good takedown defense, Kara-France has made his presence felt to the tune of a 6-2 record in the UFC. Even better, Kara-France has won his last two fights via first round knockout. However, I believe Askarov’s grappling is going to be a neutralizer. One that limit’s Kara-France on the feet and ultimately aids Askarov in a decision victory.