Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is formally headed to a brand new weight class in 2021.
Garbrandt (12-4) will tackle New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France (22-9) in a non-title flyweight bout on Dec. 11, a number of sources informed ESPN. The UFC has not but introduced an official occasion or location for that date, however the 125-pound contest is within the means of being finalized for an occasion to be introduced.
Initially from Uhrichsville, Ohio, now combating out of Sacramento, Garbrandt gained the UFC’s bantamweight championship in December 2016, however has gone 1-4 since at 135 kilos. He surrendered the title to TJ Dillashaw in his first tried protection in November 2017. He’s most not too long ago coming off a choice loss to Rob Font in Might.
Garbrandt has lengthy thought-about a transfer to flyweight, and was even scheduled to struggle the division’s champion Deiveson Figueiredo in November, earlier than he suffered an damage.
Kara-France is presently the UFC’s No. 7-ranked flyweight. He’s 5-2 within the UFC total, and a teammate of middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.