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Kara-France vs Albazi Odds: This Main Event Boasts “Fight of the Year” Potential

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Published June 3, 2023
11 min read
  • This main event boasts “Fight of the Year” potential
  • Alex Caceres looks to start building on a new winning-streak
  • Jim Miller aims to add to his UFC record for most wins

UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs Albazi

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Fighter

Odds

Kai Kara-France

-110

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Amir Albazi

-110

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Alex Caceres

-180

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Daniel Pineda

+155

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Jim Miller

+155

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Jared Gordon

-180

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Tim Elliott

-175

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Victor Altamirano

+150

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Fighter

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Karine Silva

-225

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Ketlen Souza

+190

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Fighter

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Abubakar Nurmagomedov

-105

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Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

-115

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UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs Albazi - Picks & Predictions

Kai Kara-France vs Amir Albazi - Flyweight division

Amir Albazi (-110)

Alex Caceres vs Daniel Pineda - Featherweight  division

Alex Caceres (-180)

Jim Miller vs Jared Gordon - Lightweight division

Jim Miller (+155)

Tim Elliott vs Victor Altamirano - Flyweight division

Victor Altamirano (+150)

Karine Silva vs Ketlen Souza - Women’s flyweight division

Karine Silva (-225)

Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - Welterweight division

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (-115)

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Kara France vs Albazi Predictions

Kai Kara-France vs Amir Albazi - Flyweight Division

Kai Kara-France

TALE OF THE TAPE

Amir Albazi

30

Age

29

5 ft 5 in

Height

5 ft 5 in

69 in

Reach

68 in

24-10, 1 no-contest

Record

16-1

Enjoying a three-fight winning streak heading into his most recent bout, Kai Kara-France was ultimately defeated via third-round TKO by Brandon Moreno at UFC 277 last July in a bout that was for the interim flyweight championship.

Prior to that loss, Kara-France had earned a unanimous decision win over Askar Askarov; becoming the first man to ever defeat Askarov in a mixed martial arts competition.

Kara-France takes on rising contender Amir Albazi - a man with only one loss on his professional record.

Albazi has won his last five in a row - a streak that includes back-to-back finishes. He submitted Francisco Figueiredo in the first round of their UFC 278 contents and followed that performance up with a third-round knockout of Alessandro Costa last December.

A purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, nine of Albazi’s 16 wins have come in the form of submission.

Kara-France, predominantly a striker, trains with the infamous City Kickboxing gym that boasts UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.

In what is sure to be a fight of the night candidate, these two men are, unsurprisingly, listed as -110 equals heading into Saturday night’s main event.

To find out how to place your bets for this women’s strawweight main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Alex Caceres vs Daniel Pineda - Featherweight Division

Alex Caceres

TALE OF THE TAPE

Daniel Pineda

34

Age

37

5 ft 9 in

Height

5 ft 7 in

73.5 in

Reach

69 in

20-13, 1 no-contest

Record

28-14, 3 no-contests

Ultimate Fighter reality show alum Alex Caceres has had a career resurgence as of late, going 6-1 over his last seven fights.

He recently had a five-fight winning streak snapped by Sodiq Yusuff but bounced back in a big way in his most recent fight, earning a first-round TKO over Julian Erosa last December.

Daniel Pineda has had mixed success recently, having gone 1-1 with one no-contest in his last three fights. However, he is coming off of an impressive second-round submission win over Tucker Lutz that took place this past March.

Caceres will stand two inches taller and have a 4.5-inch reach advantage over Pineda. And, despite his BJJ black belt, Pineda is listed as the +155 underdog.

Jim Miller vs Jared Gordon - Lightweight Division

Jim Miller

TALE OF THE TAPE

Jared Gordon

39

Age

34

5 ft 8 in

Height

5 ft 9 in

71 in

Reach

68 in

35-17, 1 no-contest

Record

19-6, 1 no-contest

This Saturday will mark Jared Gordon’s third fight in six months. He hasn’t had much success lately as he lost a controversial decision to Paddy Pimblett last December before an accidental clash of heads led to a no-contest ruling in his most recent bout against Bobby Green.

Jim Miller, the UFC record holder for most wins (24) and most fights (41) recently had his three-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of Alexander Hernandez, who defeated him via unanimous decision this past February.

Miller was originally slated to take on L’udovit Klein this weekend but Klein was forced to pull out due to illness.

Despite stepping in as a last-minute replacement, Jared Gordon is listed as the -180 favorite.

Tim Elliott vs Victor Altamirano - Flyweight Division

Tim Elliott

TALE OF THE TAPE

Victor Altamirano

36

Age

32

5 ft 7 in

Height

5 ft 8 in

66 in

Reach

70.5 in

18-12-1

Record

12-2

Another rising contender out of Mexico, Victor Altamirano lost his UFC debut last February by split decision.

Since then, he has gone on to win two in a row: a first-round TKO win over Daniel Lacerda and, more recently, a unanimous decision win over Vinicius Salvador this past March.

Tim Elliott is a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boasts NCAA division-2 wrestling credentials. The former Titan FC flyweight champion is 3-1 in his last four fights and is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Tagir Ulanbekov at UFC 272. 

This Saturday will mark Elliott’s first UFC bout in over one year. 

Altamirano is the taller man and will have a 4.5-inch reach advantage. However, despite being more active, he is still listed as the +190 underdog to Elliot’s -175.

Karine Silva vs Ketlen Souza - Women’s Flyweight Division

Karine Silva

TALE OF THE TAPE

Ketlen Souza

29

Age

27

5 ft 5 in

Height

5 ft 3 in

67 in

Reach

64 in

15-4

Record

13-3

Riding a four-fight winning streak into her appearance on the Contender Series, Karine Silva defeated Qihui Yan via second-round submission on her 2021 appearance on the show.

She has since fought once under the UFC banner, defeating Poliana Botelho by first-round submission last June. 

She takes on Ketlen Souza, who is making her UFC debut this Saturday, riding the momentum of a five-fight winning streak that includes winning the Invicta FC flyweight championship this past January. For more information on weight classes, check out our in-depth guide to women's & men's UFC weight classes.

Silva will stand two inches taller and have a reach advantage of three inches over Souza. At -225, Silva is the largest betting favorite on the main card.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - Welterweight Division

Abubakar Nurmagomedov

TALE OF THE TAPE

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

33

Age

36

5 ft 11 in

Height

5 ft 11 in

73 in

Reach

73 in

17-3-1

Record

23-7

With a 2-1 UFC record and currently on a two-fight winning streak, Abubakar Nurmagomedov (cousin to Khabib) is a three-time sambo bronze medalist looking to extend his winning ways in MMA.

His opponent, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, holds a black belt in BJJ and a black rope ranking in capoeira. He is 2-2 in his last four fights and is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 267. This means that dos Santos has not competed in the UFC octagon since October 2021 as he was suspended for one year following a failed drug test.

Both men stand at equal heights and have an even reach. It’s a close call in the eyes of the oddsmakers as these two are listed at -105 and -115 respectively.

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How to Watch UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs Albazi

  • LOCATION: UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada
  • WHEN: Saturday, June 3
  • TIME: 7 PM EST
  • HOW: ESPN, ESPN+, TSN5
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