UFC 253: Kai Kara France vs. Brandon Royval Picks and Prediction

UFC 253: Kai Kara France vs. Brandon Royval Picks and Prediction Photo by Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Royval vs. Kai Kara France

UFC: Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 PM ET (Yas Island)

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Kai Kara France and Brandon Royval face off on Saturday at UFC 253 in a flyweight bout at  Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Kara France is currently ranked 7th in the division while Royval is currently ranked 9th.

Kai “Don’t Blink” Kara-France comes into this fight with a 21-8 record and since coming into the UFC he has gone 4-1. Kara-France’s only loss was in December of 2019 against Brandon Moreno and that was a unanimous decision loss. Kara-France’s last win came in February of 2020 against Tyson Nam. Kara-France outstruck Nam 78-50 in that fight and he came away with a unanimous decision victory. Kara-France likes to throw strikes in bunches, but all five of his fights inside the UFC have gone the distance. Kara-France is averaging 5.27 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.79 significant strikes per minute. He is also averaging 0.60 successful takedowns every 15 minutes being successful on 25 percent of the time. Kara-France is also stopping 90 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. Kara-France is averaging 0.0 submission attempts every 15 minutes.

Brandon “Raw Dawg” Royval is one of the up and comers in the UFC but a loss in this one would really knock him back. Royval comes into this fight with an 11-4 record and he was impressive in his first UFC event. Royval’s first fight in the UFC came against Tim Elliott and even though he was taken down four times in that fight, in the second round he locked in an arm triangle and the fighter was over. Royval is averaging 1.81 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and 3.6 submission attempts during the same time period. Royval wants to finish the fights by submission and no matter how bad he is doing in a fight, he is never out of it, because he can lock in a submission. 

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Royval struggles against the takedown attempts, but the good news is Kara-France doesn’t like to get the fight to the ground usually. Royval is going to get the fight to the ground, lock in a submission attempt and come away with a victory. 

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Shane’s Pick Brandon Royval +200

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