The latest edition of UFC Fight Night took place in Vegas this weekend, featuring a main event bout between the third-ranked Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi in the Flyweight division.
Albazi had made his UFC debut in 2020 and had been undefeated in his four prior fights, securing stoppages in three of his four victories. Kara-France on the other hand was off a stoppage loss to the division’s current champion, Brandon Moreno. The winner of the fight is likely to get their name thrown in the mix for the next title shot in the division.
Other major fights to take place in the main card at UFC Vegas 74 included a co-main event battle between Alex Caceres and Daniel Pineda in the Featherweight division and a Lightweight fight which saw Jim Miller taking on Jesse Butler.
Below you can find a list of all main card results as well as post-fight analysis for the main and co-main events.
Amir Albazi def. Kai Kara-France by Split Decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)
In a tightly contested battle that went back over five rounds, Albazi was able to come out on top, winning via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48). The first two rounds of the fight saw Kara-France dominate Albazi but the Iraqi was able to use his ground game to get back into it and control the second half of the bout.
Despite closing the fight well, the result of the fight was controversial as many thought Kara-France had done enough in the start of the fight to take home the victory.
Albazi maintains his undefeated streak in the UFC, improving to 5-0 and now has a 17-1-0 MMA career record. He will now be setting his sights on challenging the winner of the upcoming Flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja which is scheduled to be held at UFC 290. This could happen as early as UFC 294 if everything goes well for Albazi.
Kara-France’s MMA record fell to 24-11-0, which could spell the final nail in the coffin for any title shots in the back end of his career.
Alex Caceres def. Daniel Pineda via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
In arguably the most entertaining fight of the night, Alex Caceres was able to beat out Daniel Pineda over five rounds to win their bout via UD. Caceres got the better of Pineda throughout the first round, as Pineda’s desperate attempts to bring the fight onto the ground seemed rather ominous.
Round Two however brought a different Pineda, as he came out swinging until he was finally able to get Caceres onto the mat. Unfortunately Pineda couldn’t keep up the pace, looking exhausted midway through the third. The rest of the fight seemed to go Caceres’ way with a couple of big moments during the last round which went in favor of Pineda.
Caceres has now won seven of his last eight fights, and has expressed interest in fighting Yair Rodriguez again down the line, who defeated him by split decision in 2016.
Jim Miller def. Jesse Butler via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:23
Veteran Jimmy Miller’s 42nd fight didn’t last very long as just seconds into the fight, a straight left hand from him dropped Butler hard. Miller then followed up with an uppercut which KOed his opponent 23 seconds into the bout.
It should be noted that Jesse Butler took the fight on just two days’ notice after both of Miller’s previously scheduled opponents were forced to withdraw. This was Miller’s 25th win under the UFC banner, which moves him into sole possession of second all-time for finishes in the UFC with 17.
Miller has made it clear that his goal is to compete at UFC 300, becoming the only fighter to make it to UFC 100, 200 and 300. Despite his age it looks like a definite possibility.
Other Main Card Results
- Tim Elliott def. Victor Altamirano via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Karine Silva def. Ketlen Souza via Submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:45
- Elizeu Zaleski def. Abubakar Nurmagomedov via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)