Brandon Moreno, Kai Kara-France to meet in interim flyweight title fight, sources say

UFC is moving forward with an interim flyweight title fight on July 30, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France will meet for the interim belt at UFC 277 at a location to be announced, sources said. It will mark the second time Moreno and Kara-France square off. Moreno took a unanimous decision in their first fight in December 2019.

Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1) will retain his title but is not available to defend against the next No. 1 contender. The Brazilian has not made a public statement on the creation of an interim belt. Previously, he had expressed a desire to fight Kara-France.

News of the interim title fight was first reported by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani.

Moreno (19-6-2), of Mexico, is coming off three consecutive title bouts against Figueiredo. The two fought to a draw in late 2020 and met in an immediate rematch in June 2021. Moreno submitted Figueiredo in the third round of that fight to claim the 125-pound title, but surrendered it back via unanimous decision in a trilogy bout in January.

Kara-France (24-9), of New Zealand, has surged into contention behind a 4-1 record in his past five bouts. He recorded back-to-back first-round finishes against top-tier opponents in Rogerio Bontorin and Cody Garbrandt in 2021. He also defeated Askar Askarov in March.