MMA Preview – Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Royval at UFC 253

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When is UFC 253? Sunday 27th September, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 253? Flash Forum, Fight Island, Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 253? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC 253 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 253? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Another soldier of City Kickboxing marching to Fight Island is Kai Kara-France. He comes off the 21st and ninth decision win of his career (Tyson Nam) which was in response to his first loss in nine fights - a unanimous decision to Brandon Moreno in December last year.

The submission wizard Brandon Royval who made his name in the Legacy Fighting Alliance is the man lined up for Kara-France with just one UFC fight under his belt. However, he tied up the veteran grappler Tim Elliott in an arm-triangle in the second round to make it three wins in a row.


This should be a great fight as both fighters are thrilling to watch with exceptional skill sets.

Royval is a dangerous southpaw with an array of attacks in the arsenal but his bread and butter is his jiu-jitsu and is extremely dangerous off his back. Kara-France is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but his bread and butter is his striking so wherever this fight goes we can expect it to be a high-level, high-paced war.

Royval will have taken note of Moreno’s performance as he is also a southpaw. After he bagged the points, Royval knows he needs to be aggressive and counter Kara-France at every opportunity. However, Moreno is a beast with a great chin and keeping up with Kara-France for 15 minutes is a tall order for Royval. Kara-France will have learned a lot from that fight but he also knows he has to respect Royval's ground skills.

Prediction: Kara-France via Decision

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