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Tale of the Tape for Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval

Kai Kara-France and Brandon Royval meet in a flyweight contenders bout at UFC 253 on Fight Island. We break down the odds.

Kai Kara-France of New Zealand reacts after the conclusion of his flyweight bout against Tyson Nam during the UFC Fight Night event at Spark Arena on February 23, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

In a flyweight bout, #7 Kai Kara-France will take on #9 Brandon Royval in the final three-round fight of UFC 253 which will be held live on Fight Island at Abu Dhabi and on pay-per-view.

Kai “Don’t Blink” Kara-France will enter the octagon for his second UFC fight of the year. He took on #15 Tyson Nam in a late-February bout, throwing 28 more significant strikes in a unanimous decision victory.

Recording 5.27 significant strikes per minute, Kara-France is one of the most aggressive flyweight fighters. He is 4-1 in his UFC career and had won three straight before meeting #2 Brandon Moreno.

While Kara-France gets after his opponent, he doesn’t pack too much power as he’s yet to knockout an opponent, winning all four promotion bouts by decision. An orthodox-stance fighter, Kara-France defends 67 percent of his opponent’s strikes.

As for Brandon Royval, he’ll enter this bout with a 11-4 MMA record. He had one UFC win coming over #13 Tim Elliott. That fight went two rounds before Elliott submitted to an arm triangle. Royval is more of a grappler than a striker as he almost has more takedowns per 15 minutes than strikes per minutes, an unusual combination. He’s an up-and-coming star, but he’ll meet his most stout opponent yet.

Royval is entering with half as many appearances as Kara-France, but he will have a five-inch height advantage.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval at UFC 253 on September 26th.

Money line odds

Kai Kara-France: -230
Brandon Royval: +179

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