Alexandre Pantoja explains why he needs Kai Kara-France to beat the ‘crap out of Cody Garbrandt’

Former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt is lastly heading to the UFC flyweight division after a profitable run at bantamweight, however can’t count on a heat reception as he makes the 125-pound class his residence.

Perennial flyweight contender Alexandre Pantoja, who attracts Brandon Royval at Saturday night time’s UFC Vegas 34 on the UFC APEX, is hoping that “No Love” fails in his first cease at flyweight, a thee-round conflict with Kai-Kara France on Dec. 11.

“I actually hope Kai beats the crap out of Cody Garbrandt,” Pantoja stated in an interview with MMA Preventing.

Pantoja doesn’t have something in opposition to Garbrandt particularly. The rationale why the Brazilian pulling for his former opponent to return out victorious in December is to ship a message to those that aren’t followers of the 125-pound division.

“I do know Kai, he’s an important child,” stated Pantoja, who defeated him by way of resolution throughout The Final Fighter 24 in 2016. “This man is coming all the way down to our division considering he’s going to have a simple life at flyweight and I wish to present, I would like the world to see that that is our weight class. We merely don’t have sufficient kilos to combat at bantamweight. I imagine {that a} win for Kai is a means for individuals to start out respecting extra our division.”

Kara-France, 5-2 contained in the octagon with wins over the likes of Tyson Nam and Raulian Paiva, enters the cage 9 months after knocking out Rogerio Bontorin, securing his first stoppage victory within the UFC.

Garbrandt, who was anticipated to make his 125-pound debut straight for the belt reverse Deiveson Moreno after knocking Raphael Assuncao out chilly in 2020, will lastly reduce the additional 10 kilos following a call defeat to Rob Font in Might.

Pantoja admits he was bothered by the potential for having Garbrandt compete for the gold proper in his flyweight debut, again when he was 1-3 in his previous 4 octagon appearances, however in the end understands the enterprise side of it.

“Little doubt [it bothers me], however I’m an worker and I’ll at all times agree with the UFC in the event that they assume that’s what needs to be accomplished,” Pantoja stated. “I feel it’s attention-grabbing that he’s going this combat with Kai. It’s combat for Garbrandt as a result of Kai additionally likes to combat on the ft, however, if Kai fights smarter, with out exposing himself that a lot, I’m positive he has what it takes to beat [Garbrandt].”

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