After returning to the ufc in September with a split draw effort against Askar Askarov, Brandon Moreno is expected to fight Kai Kara-France in a flyweight bout at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 at t-mobile arena in Las Vegas.
MMA Fighting confirmed the bout with sources following an initial report by NZ Herald.
The involvement of Moreno comes about after Sergio Pettis was rumored to have been matched up with Kara-France, only to be removed from the fight due to reportedly entering free agency after his most recent outing in September. ESPN was first to report Pettis’s plans, and MMA Fighting confirmed with a source that the flyweight contender has received offers from other promotions.
Moreno (15-5-1) was released by the UFC last year and took one fight on the regional scene, winning the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight title before being re-signed to compete at UFC Mexico City. His draw against Askarov left his UFC record at 3-2-1.
Kara-France (20-7, 1 NC) is a rising contender at 125 pounds. He is 3-0 in the UFC so far, with wins over Mark De La Rosa, Raulian Paiva, and Elias Garcia. Overall, Kara-France has won eight straight fights.