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It’s become something of a tradition that his teammates join him on a card while Israel Adesanya fights.

At UFC 259, when middleweight champion Adesanya steps up to light heavyweight to fight Jan Blachowicz and try to win a second belt in the March 6 event’s champion vs. champion headliner, it will be no different.

UFC officials announced Thursday that teammates Kai Kara-France and Carlos Ulberg of Adesanya’s City Kickboxing have been added to the UFC 259 undercard.

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In a pair of 125-pound fighters seeking to take the next move in title contention, Kara-France (21-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is No. 10 in the new USA TODAY Sport/MMA Junkie flyweight rankings, will face No. 11-ranked Rogerio Bontorin (16-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

In his first official octagon debut, Ulberg (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), meanwhile, will attempt to make a splash. The striking specialist made contact with a Contender Series card from Dana White in November, impressing UFC President White with a knockout in just over two minutes. He’ll take on Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who has split his first two UFC appearances and is also a DWCS veteran.


UFC 259 airs on pay-per-view following ESPN and ESPN+ expected prelims. At this time, the event does not have an official location or venue.

The most recent UFC 259 roster now contains the additions:

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya – for light heavyweight title

  • Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson – for women’s featherweight title

  • Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling – for bantamweight title

  • Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

  • Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev

  • Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez

  • Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews

  • Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones

  • Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic

  • Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa

  • Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza

  • Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong

  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France

  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg

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