UFC Auckland Update: Trio of Bouts Added Including Kai Kara-France vs. Tyson Nam

By: Jay Pettry
Dec 26, 2019

Three matchups pitting locals against foreign opponents in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's third trip to the most populous city in New Zealand.

On Wednesday, Kai Kara-France (20-8, 1 NC) posted on Instagram that he will be taking on Tyson Nam (18-10-1) in the flyweight division at UFC Auckland. The event will take place on Feb. 22 in Auckland, New Zealand, at the Spark Arena. A cracking lightweight matchup will headline the show, as Paul Felder takes on Dan Hooker in a bout that could place the winner among the top 5 in the division.

Of the bout, Kara-France wrote: "We bringing the dream home! Since I started my martial arts journey fighting in my home town Auckland for the @ufc was the goal! Feb 23rd 2020 I get to make that happen! Ready to do this for my people! Get your tickets ASAP! #teamdontblink #ufc #auckland"

Auckland native Kara-France dropped a narrow decision to Brandon Moreno at UFC 245 to snap an eight-fight win streak that saw him beat Mark De La Rosa and Raulian Paiva along the way. The former "The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions" cast member went unsigned by the organization after losing in the quarterfinals to current top contender Alexandre Pantoja. Instead, the Kiwi rebounded from a defeat to Tatsumitsu Wada in Rizin Fighting Federation with five consecutive victories to earn a spot on the Las Vegas-based promotion's roster.

Nam too had a lengthy trek to get signed by the UFC, competing for World Series of Fighting, Fight Nights Global and even EliteXC throughout his career. A two-win stretch in the Hawaiian X-1 promotion that saw him capture the flyweight crown earned him a short-notice spot at UFC Fight Night 159 in September. Nam was ultimately unsuccessful in his debut appearance, dropping a decision to former UFC contender Sergio Pettis.

Additionally, on Wednesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Callan Potter (18-8) would be locking horns with Kenan Song (15-5) at welterweight. Finally, Jamie Mullarkey (12-3) will go head-to-head at lightweight with Jalin Turner (8-5).

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