Iraq's Amir Albazi wins UFC Fight Night bout, moves to 17-1


LAS VEGAS - - Iraq's Amir Albazi got a massive win in the UFC's flyweight division, as he barely edged previous title challenger Kai Kara-France by means of split decision at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.

Albazi (17-1) crushed Kara-France (24-11) throughout five serious rounds inside the UFC's Pinnacle office in Las Vegas. Two judges scored the bout for Albazi 48-47, while a third saw it 48-47 for Kara-France. It's the biggest win of Albazi's UFC vocation. He was positioned No. 7 going into the 125-pound bout, while Kara-France was positioned No. 3.

Following results were perused, Albazi required the winner of a flyweight title fight between champion Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja on July 8.

"There is no name," Albazi said on what he wants next. "The only thing I want is to get the title. That's all that matters. [UFC 294 in] Abu Dhabi on Oct. 21. I know they're going to Abu Dhabi. Whoever wins that [title fight on July 8], I want to be next."

Originally from Iraq now fighting out of Las Vegas, Albazi improved to 5-0 since debuting with the UFC in 2020. He is known for his finishing ability on the ground, but Kara-France did very well against the takedown, defending eight of nine takedown attempts according to UFC Stats.

In addition to defending the takedown, Kara-France, of New Zealand, outlanded Albazi in total strikes 122 to 65, although Albazi was more efficient with his output. Neither flyweight ever hurt the other, but Albazi landed at a higher percentage and when he did convert a takedown in the third round, he accumulated some control time in top position.

It was an extremely close fight that might have gone one way or the other. Albazi winning is a massive boost to his title aspirations. Kara-France won three in succession somewhere in the range of 2021 and 2022 preceding coming up short to Moreno in an interim title fight last July. That was Kara-France's last appearance before Saturday. This is the first time he has suffered consecutive losses since 2015.

"I realize it was a close fight," Albazi said. "It's not the way that I arranged the fight to go. What will be will be. I showed my guts and what I can bring to the table. I can stand with these guys no issue."

Albazi, 29, has kept finishes in three of his five wins in the UFC. Moreno (21-6-2) will look for his first title defense against Pantoja at UFC 290 one month from now in Las Vegas. He came out on top for the undisputed championship by defeating Deveison Figueiredo at UFC 283 in January.

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