Kai Kara-France is aiming to reignite his flyweight title hopes when he takes on rising star Amir Albazi at UFC on ESPN 46.
Kara-France hasn't been seen since he suffered a TKO loss to Brandon Moreno for the interim flyweight title at UFC 277 in July.
The New Zealander remains the #3 ranked fighter in the division and knows that victory on 3rd June could put him next in line for a shot at the champion.
Moreno is set to defend his belt against #2 ranked Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 290 and the winner is likely to face the victor of Kara-France v Albazi.
The flyweight division is one of the most competitive in the UFC so momentum is essential and Kara-France will be eager to get back on track after enjoying a three-fight win streak before his defeat to Moreno.
Albazi, ranked #7 in the flyweight division, has plenty of momentum as attempts to extend his five-fight win streak.
The 29-year-old, who hails from Baghdad, Iraq, has won all four of his contests since joining the UFC and has his sights set on the top five.
There's also an intriguing bout in the co-main event as Miesha Tate takes on bantamweight rival Mayra Bueno Silva.
After returning from retirement, Tate sealed a third-round TKO win over Marion Reneau but has since lost successive contests and might consider hanging up the gloves again if she fails to see off Brazil's Silva.
Silva has stitched together three successive wins to rise to #10 in the rankings and she'll be eager to flex her muscles against an opponent seemingly on the decline.
|What||UFC on ESPN 46 - Kai Kara-France v Amir Albazi|
|Where||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada, USA|
|When||02:00, Sunday 4th June 2023|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
The card is scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th June 2023.
The preliminary card gets under way at 00:00 and the main card is due to begin at 02:00, with Kara-France and Albazi expected to walk to the octagon at around 04:00.
The UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada plays host to the card. The Apex is a purpose-built arena owned by the UFC and has hosted live events since May 2020 with Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns headlining the maiden card.
There were 20 Fight Night cards at the Apex in 2022, but after president Dana White revealed an ambition to get out on the road more often, it has hosted much less frequently in 2023.
This will be the eighth card to take place at the Apex this year with a further two scheduled, although that is subject to change.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card will be available to watch on BT Sport.
No. There aren't any belts on the line at UFC on ESPN 45. Kara-France, who competed for the interim flyweight title in his last fight, will hold strong claims for a shot at gold in his next bout.
Champion Moreno defends against Pantoja at UFC 290 on 8th July after the Mexican defeated Deiveson Figueiredo in a quadrilogy contest at UFC 283.
Albazi would also hope to be in line for a title shot next time out if he wins, although he may have to fight one more time to secure that opportunity.
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