UFC 277 Co-Main Event Picks: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France 2

  • Date & Location: Saturday, July 30 @ American Airlines Center in Dallas,  TX
  • Time: Early Prelims (TBA), Prelims (8 p.m. ET), Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
  • How to Watch: Early Prelims (TBA), Prelims (TBA). Main Card (ESPN + pay-per-view)

With UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo nursing injuries to his hands, the UFC will crown an interim 125-pound champion on July 30 when former-titleholder Brandon Moreno faces Kai Kara-France in the co-main event of UFC 277, which takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Moreno is coming off three straight fights against Figueiredo. The two battled to a draw in December 2020. In their June 2021 rematch, Moreno scored a third-round submission win to claim the 125-pound crown. The trilogy bout, which took place in January, sent the title back to Figueiredo via a unanimous decision. Moreno is 19-6-2 overall. The 28-year-old is currently the No. 1 ranked fighter in the official UFC flyweight rankings.

Kara-France, who is ranked right behind Moreno at No. 2 in the division, is on a three-fight winning streak. He is coming off a March decision win over Askar Askarov. Before that, he scored first-round knockouts over Rogerio Bontorin and Cody Garbrandt in his two 2021 outings.

The main event of UFC 277 is a women’s bantamweight title fight. The bout is a rematch between former champion Amanda Nunes and the women who ended her run at the top of the division, Julianna Pena.

Before we look at the matchup between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France on the UFC 277 PPV card, which streams on ESPN+, check out the picks for UFC 277’s main event and where you can find the best odds on all the UFC fights.

UFC 277 Picks: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France 2

To Win UFC 277 Co-Main EventBetOnlineBovadaXBetGTBetsMyBookie
Brandon Moreno-192-205-195-195-195
Kai Kara-France+167+165+160+160+160

Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France 2 breakdown and analysis

The first time these two met was in 2019. That bout was on the prelims of UFC 245. Moreno won that contest via unanimous decision. This time, the fight will be five rounds, for the interim title and serve as the co-main event.

I expect this fight to mostly take place on the feet. With that, Moreno has the technical striking advantage, while Kara-France has the edge in power. Moreno has a height advantage and a slight reach advantage and I think he will use both of those to keep Kara-France at distance as much as possible.

The wild card in this fight is that Moreno has a lot more high-level experience and he has fought in five-round battles. This is Kara-France’s first five round fight and I think Moreno will be able to push the pace and tax the cardio of his opponent when it comes to the championship rounds.

Pick: Brandon Moreno to win at UFC 277.

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Betting Value with Moreno

As this fight nears, Moreno has become less of a favorite. At one point he was as much as a -230 favorite. I think those are good odds to pick him as a straight winner. However, as is often the case when going with the favorite, the over-under on rounds and the outcome of the fight often provide better value. I think this flyweight battle goes to decision and that Moreno will win over the five rounds.

Kara-France’s most likely path to victory is a knockout. So, if you favor him to win, that’s the bet to make.

Prediction: Brandon Moreno to beat Kai Kara-France via decision.

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What’s at stake

There is no timeline for the return of champion Deiveson Figueiredo, but the odds are good that a title unification bout will be in the cards for the winner of the UFC 277 co-main event. If that fight is not in the cards, the winner of the UFC 277 scrap between Alexandre Pantoja and Alex Perez might be in the cards.

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Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He has written for USA Today Sports, Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.

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