Cody Garbrandt to make flyweight debut against Kai Kara-France at Dec. 11 UFC event

Cody Garbrandt | Zuffa LLCCody Garbrandt is officially headed to flyweight. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that the former bantamweight champion will make his 125-pound debut against Kai Kara-France, the No. 11 flyweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, at a Dec. 11 UFC event with a location still to be determined. ESPN was first to report the fight. Garbrandt (12-4) changes divisions after a 7-4 run at bantamweight that saw him capture a UFC title in 2016 and then lose consecutive championship bouts against rival T.J. Dillashaw. He has lost four of his past five fights, including his most recent outing in May, a unanimous decision loss to Rob Font. The former champ has been on the cusp of a move down a division for the past few years, first expressing an interest in fighting then-flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson in 2017, and later being scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title at UFC 255 in November of last year. Garbrandt had to withdraw from the Figueiredo fight due to a bicep injury. Kara-France (22-9, 1 NC) is coming off of a first-round knockout win over Rogerio Bontorin at UFC 259 in March. He has alternated wins and losses in his past five bouts and his UFC record stands at 5-2. Alexander K. Lee contributed to this report.

Cody Garbrandt to make flyweight debut against Kai Kara-France at Dec. 11 UFC event
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Cody Garbrandt is officially headed to flyweight.

MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that the former bantamweight champion will make his 125-pound debut against Kai Kara-France, the No. 11 flyweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, at a Dec. 11 UFC event with a location still to be determined. ESPN was first to report the fight.

Garbrandt (12-4) changes divisions after a 7-4 run at bantamweight that saw him capture a UFC title in 2016 and then lose consecutive championship bouts against rival T.J. Dillashaw. He has lost four of his past five fights, including his most recent outing in May, a unanimous decision loss to Rob Font.

The former champ has been on the cusp of a move down a division for the past few years, first expressing an interest in fighting then-flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson in 2017, and later being scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title at UFC 255 in November of last year. Garbrandt had to withdraw from the Figueiredo fight due to a bicep injury.

Kara-France (22-9, 1 NC) is coming off of a first-round knockout win over Rogerio Bontorin at UFC 259 in March. He has alternated wins and losses in his past five bouts and his UFC record stands at 5-2.

Alexander K. Lee contributed to this report.

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Esther Lin, MMA FightingFormer lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will attempt to stop the hype surrounding Islam Makhachev when they meet at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi. Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting on Tuesday after dos Anjos initially revealed the offer for the fight on social media. At the time, dos Anjos had already verbally accepted the date, location and opponent but Makhachev hadn’t received the offer yet as he was returning home to Russia following a win over Thiago Moises in July. Now the highly touted Russian lightweight has accepted the fight with Makhachev looking to build upon his current eight-fight win streak in the division. Meanwhile, dos Anjos returned to 155 pounds this past November and earned a win over Paul Felder in a five-round main event. That was the Brazilian’s first appearance at lightweight since 2016 after he suffered back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson. Of course, dos Anjos previously held the UFC lightweight title after he won a lopsided decision over Anthony Pettis and then defended the belt with a first-round TKO against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The fight between dos Anjos and Makhachev will join the growing lineup at UFC 267, which is expected to feature a pair of title bouts at the top of the card as Jan Blachowicz puts his light heavyweight strap up for grabs against Glover Teixeira while Aljamain Sterling faces off with Petr Yan with the bantamweight title on the line.

Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos booked for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi
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Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will attempt to stop the hype surrounding Islam Makhachev when they meet at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi.

Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting on Tuesday after dos Anjos initially revealed the offer for the fight on social media. At the time, dos Anjos had already verbally accepted the date, location and opponent but Makhachev hadn’t received the offer yet as he was returning home to Russia following a win over Thiago Moises in July.

Now the highly touted Russian lightweight has accepted the fight with Makhachev looking to build upon his current eight-fight win streak in the division.

Meanwhile, dos Anjos returned to 155 pounds this past November and earned a win over Paul Felder in a five-round main event. That was the Brazilian’s first appearance at lightweight since 2016 after he suffered back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson.

Of course, dos Anjos previously held the UFC lightweight title after he won a lopsided decision over Anthony Pettis and then defended the belt with a first-round TKO against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

The fight between dos Anjos and Makhachev will join the growing lineup at UFC 267, which is expected to feature a pair of title bouts at the top of the card as Jan Blachowicz puts his light heavyweight strap up for grabs against Glover Teixeira while Aljamain Sterling faces off with Petr Yan with the bantamweight title on the line.

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