UFC 277: Kai Kara-France vs. Brendon Moreno, Paris vs. Nunes, how to watch, Alex Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski flew to the United States to energize close friend and training partner Kai Cara-France, who he predicts will challenge for the interim UFC flyweight title in a tough five-round war at UFC 277.

Speaking with News Corporation The UFC featherweight champion confirmed this week that he will be backstage with Kara-France this Sunday (AEST), supporting the Oaklander as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life against Brandon Moreno in Dallas, Texas.

Volkanovski has developed close ties to the Oakland City Kickboxing team, which includes the likes of Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell and Cara France, and gives credit to the team. for playing a key role in his rise to Australia’s #1 fighter.

Cara France also welcomed the champion’s presence, showing that he was now driven by the chance to be part of the Anzac takeover.

With Volkanovski and Adesanya already holding the UFC belts, the 29-year-old could become the third team member to win gold this weekend against Moreno, whom he previously lost by decision in 2019.

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“With the Anzac fighters, I really feel like we are all one,” Cara-France said.

“We are drawn to each other.

“And it’s really an Anzac takeover right now.

“Ever since I came to the UFC, I’ve been saying that this wave is coming – and now you see it. So being a part of it all is really cool too.”

In the meantime, I asked the forecast for UFC 277, Volkanovski expected the fight to last the full 25 minutes.despite the fact that his great friend boasts genuine knockout power.

According to UFC analytics, Cara France also landed 4.8 significant punches per minute, which is not only more than Moreno’s (3.5) but also the company average (2.4).

“Kai is such an exciting flyweight because he finishes people off,” Volkanovski said. “He has a crazy finishing weight for his division.

“But Moreno, he’s cool.

“Lasting.

“And I feel that he will be there throughout the fight.

“So it will be closed.

“But I see Kai getting knocked out of the rounds.

“Moreno will stay there, being persistent, stubborn.

“But Kai is on another level again. So while I think it’s going to the last call, Kai will always be one step ahead.”

According to TAB coefficients. Cara France is the underdog at $2.65 and Moreno is $1.48.

Just four weeks after he broke his arm, Volkanovski returned to training. this week, he stated that he wants to be on standby ahead of the October UFC 280 fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. for the vacant lightweight title.

Asked how he would help his friend prepare, the champ continued, “We will go backstage, but I won’t interfere too much.

“Just give Kai as much energy as I can.

“Be there when he needs to be.”

UFC 277 will also end in one of the most anticipated rematches in women’s MMA history, with bantamweight champion Julianne Peña taking on Amanda Nunes, known as the greatest female fighter in history.

Back in December, Peña pulled off one of the UFC’s biggest upsets when she defeated Nunes, ending a much-hyped streak that saw the Brazilian go undefeated twelve times and also claim the UFC featherweight belt.

Despite being a contender, Nunes is TAB’s $1.34 favorite with Peña at $3.25.