Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will finally be making his move down to flyweight when he takes on Kai Kara-France on December 11.
Cody Garbrandt will finally be making the move down to 125 pounds. ESPN reports that the former UFC bantamweight champion will make the move down to flyweight on December 11 when he meets New Zealand stand-out Kai Kara-France.
— Kai Kara France (@kaikarafrance) August 3, 2021
Garbrandt (12-4) first teased a move down to flyweight when he was champion back in 2017 and was targeting a meeting with pound-for-pound legend Demetrious Johnson, who was the 125 pound title holder at the time. Garbrandt eventually stayed at 135, losing a pair of fights with TJ Dillashaw and a bout with Pedro Munhoz. Last year, he returned to the win-column with a knockout of Raphael Assuncao and discussed a move down in weight again where an immediate title shot was a possibility at the time. However, injuries and getting sick with COVID-19 led to an absence from competition. He returned this past May and lost a fight with Rob Font by unanimous decision. Recently, reigning UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno expressed an interest in a bout with Garbrandt down the line.
Kara-France is looking to build momentum back towards the upper-echelon of the division after alternating wins and losses the past two years. He has faced his share of elite competition himself, losing to current champion Moreno and 2020 upstart Brandon Royval. The City Kickboxing member will enter the bout coming off a victory over Rogerio Bontorin back in March.
Currently, no headliner or location for the event has been announced.