Kai Kara France vs. Brandon Royval Live Stream, September 26, 2020
Coming into 2020, flyweight Brandon Royval realized it could be a major year for him, having entered the year with consecutive successes and the possibility of battling on the Contender Series on the table. While the year has conveyed on its guarantee for Royval, it didn’t exactly go as he had anticipated.
- Kai Kara France vs. Brandon Royval
- September 26, 2020
Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET); Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPN, 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
- Live: Streaming
As opposed to battle on the Contender Series, Royval was approached to confront veteran Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night in May, and wound up leaving ceaselessly with a second-round accommodation triumph.
“The Tim Elliott battle was acceptable. It was an extraordinary encounter,” Royval told MMAWeekly.com. “I got the chance to confront a smidgen of misfortune and defeat it, and to have the experience of being in there with a highest level rival in Tim Elliott is extraordinary.
“There was a point that I didn’t have the foggiest idea whether the UFC would have been an alternative. It’s been a deep rooted dream, and this was a chance to make a long lasting little glimpse of heaven. It was simply immaculate how it functioned battling Tim Elliott and put myself as the #10 (positioned flyweight) on the planet immediately.”
While it had been an a large portion of a year since he had recently battled before confronting Elliott, Royval realized it could be some time before he got into the confine, so wait for his opportunity as it were with the goal that he wouldn’t be unwell when the call came to battle once more.
“The way that I had a spot in the Contender Series (preceding getting the call to go to the UFC) it was a more brilliant move to ensure I was alright for this battle,” said Royval. “I didn’t feel corroded or anything, yet I would have gotten a kick out of the chance to have had a battle before at that point. It worked out on the grounds that I got called up to the UFC without battling on the Contender Series.”
On Saturday on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, Royval (11-4) will hope to get his third consecutive triumph when he faces Kai Kara-France (21-8) in a UFC 253 flyweight fundamental card session.
Cash line chances
- Kai Kara-France: – 230
- Kai Kara-France
- Record: 21-8 (1)
- Key Victories: Raulian Paiva (UFC 234), Tyson Nam (UFC Fight Night 168), Mark de la Rosa (UFC Fight Night 157)
Key Losses: Brandon Moreno (UFC 245)
Keys to Victory: Kara-France is a long-term student of the City Kickboxing camp, and his style mirrors that. He moves well, is very dynamic with bluffs, and tosses brilliant blends. He’s additionally quite hard to bring down, which has permitted him to contend in generally kickboxing matches.
Honestly, this coordinate appears to be quite ideal for Kara-France. Royval is likely the unrivaled grappler, yet he presently can’t seem to show the wrestling capacity to really drag a competitor like Kara-France down. Besides, the Kiwi appears to be faster, which is clearly extremely accommodating in abstaining from wrestling trades.
Expect the typical Kara-France strategy. In the event that he’s portable on his feet, arrival low kicks and hits, his blends and force shots are probably going to land with great consistency too. He may battle a piece with the additional separation against his 5’9″ adversary, however a range distraught is best made do with bluffs, a territory where Kara-France dominates.
Simply don’t bring that person down and get armbarred.
Brandon Royval: +179