Ashkan Mokhtarian off UFC Adelaide; UFC seeking opponent for Kai Kara-France

An injury has forced Australian Top Team fighter Ashkan Mokhtarian off the UFC Adelaide card with UFC officials searching for replacement to take on Kai Kara-France.

News of the withdrawal was first reported by MMA Junkie who cited a UFC official.

The report further suggested that officials are now searching for a locally based flyweight to take on Kara-France with the possibility that the match-up could be moved to a bantamweight contest.

Kara-France, 25, appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 24 where he scored a cracking 30-second knock-out in his opening bout before being eliminated in the quarter finals. A loss in Japanese promotion Rizin has been followed up with five consecutive victories.

Fight Card:

  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Mark Hunt vs. Justin Willis
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Mauricio Rua
  • Jake Matthews vs. Tony Martin
  • Paul Craig vs. Jim Crute
  • Suman¬†Mokhtarian vs. Sodiq Yusuff
  • Alexey Kunchenko vs. Yushin Okami
  • Ben Nguyen vs. Wilson Reis
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Christos Giagos
  • Kai Kara-France vs. TBC
  • Keita Nakamura vs. Salim Touahri
  • Alex Gorgees vs. Damir Ismagulov