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Kai Kara-France sees UFC 305 return: ‘Steve Erceg, let’s settle it in Perth’

Kai Kara-France likes the idea of ​​facing Steve Erceg next.

Erceg suffered a narrow title loss to flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 301 in Rio last Saturday. Kara-France has not competed since suffering a close loss to Amir Albazi last June. He was scheduled to face Manel Kape at UFC 293 but withdrew due to concussion symptoms.

Kara-France (24-11 MMA, 7-4 UFC) initially targeted a rematch with Albazi (17-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who is currently recovering from an injury. He doesn’t think Albazi should be in the title conversation after beating him in a fight he thought he won.

“I’ve seen Amir talk a lot about this title fight that just happened this weekend, saying it was boring. The champion is telling people to stay in their seats while I give my post-fight speech,” Kara-France told Sky Sports New Zealand.

“Then I messaged Amir on one of his posts and said, ‘Sweet, man. You beat me once, so if you’re so confident, let’s try again in Perth.’ But no answer either, so I don’t think I have an opponent there.”

With UFC 305 taking place on August 17 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Erceg (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is interested in fighting in his hometown. Kara-France is happy to assist you.

“If not, I think Steve would make a great dance partner – somewhere close to home,” Kara-France said. “He’s from Perth so I know the hometown boy will get a lot of hype. Fans want to see him fight. He held his own against the champion and arguably won that fight. A few decisions, if he had done it differently he probably would have had it in the bag.

“He showed a lot of skills that impressed me. I even messaged him and said, ‘You should be proud of that achievement.’ So there’s no animosity when it comes to Anzacs or guys from this side of the world. You just have to give props where it’s due. … To win the title, you want to fight the guys who fought for the title. That’s the path. If he wants to get it, Steve Erceg, let’s get it in Perth.

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The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie