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UFC and MMA fighter


Kai Kara-France has been a professional MMA fighter since 2010 and in 2018, he started fighting for the biggest company and platform in the world, the UFC.

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Kai made his UFC debut in 2018 in Adelaide, Australia where he won by decision and ended up getting the Fight of the Night bonus (USD$50K). As of February 24, 2020, Kai is ranked #7 in the UFC flyweight rankings.

For Kai, it’s been a long and tough road to get to where he is now - overcoming bullying and making the difficult decision to drop out of university to pursue his passion for MMA.
“MMA is a brutal sport where you’re loved when you’re at the top of your game, and forgotten about after taking one loss. The whole reason I started fighting was to build self-confidence. I was bullied a lot at school for being the short/small guy. Now my high school bullies are my biggest fans and I fight professionally for a living. It was a scary step to go and train over in Thailand when I was 18. I ended up winning a full years’ scholarship to train at Tiger Muay Thai where I could sleep and breath my training.”

Kai spent four years living in Thailand, fought in 13 different countries and racked up multiple wins and titles.

He was selected for ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 24, filmed in Las Vegas. After the show finished, he fought on a big show in Japan.
After this, he moved home to New Zealand (NZ) to train at City Kickboxing with head coach Eugene Bareman.
“This was one of the best steps I could’ve taken and made me realise the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and that if I put in the hard work here at home in NZ, I could succeed. Eugene and I formulated a plan to get me into the UFC, and after two years of hard work and being on a five fight win streak, fighting around Australia and China, I finally got the UFC contract.”

Talking Points

Following your Passion and turning your Failures into Fuel to Succeed

France wants to inspire the younger generation that you can be the underdog and become successful, and that hard work and determination will help you reach dreams that may seem far-fetched.

Overcoming Bullying by Learning Martial Arts

France says that martial arts gave him the knowledge and tools to get him through life’s adversities.
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