The rematch between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France could include an interim championship on the line.
UFC is reportedly aiming to book a fight between Moreno and Kara-France for their July 30th pay-per-view event, per Ariel Helwani. The fight, which has currently been verbally agreed upon by both parties, would be for a vacant interim flyweight championship.
Should the pairing be finalized, it would join UFC 277, which doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
The potential booking sees Moreno take a step down in status after competing in a three-fight trilogy against current champion Deiveson Figueiredo. He met Figueiredo for the third time in January, losing that fight via unanimous decision in the end.
Previous results against Figueiredo resulted in a win and a draw for Moreno. A win in an interim title fight would set Moreno up for an unprecedented fourth fight against Figueiredo at a championship level.
Kara-France is getting the title opportunity after putting together a strong run over the past year. The high-ranked flyweight scored his third consecutive win in March, handing Askar Askarov his first pro loss in a unanimous decision result.
A win for Kara-France in this potential booking would not only give him a UFC belt for the first time, but it would avenge a loss he took in late 2019 against Moreno at UFC 245.
Just a few fights have been booked for UFC 277 so far. Here are the bouts reported for the date thus far:
Bout 4: Brandon Moreno (19-6-2) vs. Kai Kara-France (24-9) (Vacant Interim UFC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 3: Derrick Lewis (26-9) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (15-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Magomed Ankalaev (17-1) vs. Anthony Smith (36-16) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Paulo Costa (13-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (16-5) (Middleweight)