Kai Kara-France has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 293 bout against Manel Kape, which was planned as part of the main card in Sydney, Australia on September 9, due to a concussion.
The New Zealand fighter announced via Instagram that he sustained a concussion during training, which led to the tough decision to step down from the card near his home.
Kara-France expressed his regret, saying, “I’ve had to withdraw from my next fight in Sydney, Australia, UFC 293. I suffered a concussion over the weekend in training. After talking to my coaches, team, and family, they all agreed that putting my health first is the right choice.”
He further apologized to his supporters, friends, and family who had purchased tickets and were looking forward to the fight, admitting that he was devastated not to be part of the event.
The fighter was eager to make a comeback following consecutive losses to Brandon Moreno by TKO and a contentious split decision loss to Amir Albazi in June. His return to the octagon will now have to be postponed due to the concussion, keeping him out of competition in September.
Kape, his would-be opponent, has also been frustrated with multiple changes to his fight schedule over the past year as he seeks to climb the flyweight ladder. Having won against David Dvorak last December, Kape was slated to fight ex-champion Deiveson Figueiredo, contender Alex Perez, and now Kara-France, with all three fights falling through.
At this time, it’s unclear whether Kape will still fight at UFC 293 against a different opponent or if the bout will be postponed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword: UFC 293
Why has Kai Kara-France withdrawn from UFC 293 fight against Manel Kape?
Kai Kara-France has withdrawn from the fight due to a concussion he suffered during training. The decision was made with the consultation of his coaches, team, and family, prioritizing his health.
Who will replace Kai Kara-France in the UFC 293 fight against Manel Kape?
As of the information provided, there’s no word yet on whether Kape will remain on the card at UFC 293 against a new opponent or if he’ll be rescheduled for a later date.
What was Kai Kara-France’s performance in his most recent UFC appearances?
Kara-France was looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses in his two most recent appearances in the UFC. He fell to Brandon Moreno by TKO and suffered a controversial split decision loss to Amir Albazi.
What are Manel Kape’s recent challenges in the UFC flyweight division?
Kape has endured several opponent changes over the past year, having been scheduled to face Deiveson Figueiredo, Alex Perez, and now Kai Kara-France, with all three opponents pulling out before the fight could take place.
Who are the other main fighters scheduled for UFC 293?
UFC 293 will be headlined by reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defending his title against Sean Strickland, and heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov will meet in the co-main event.