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