MMA: Kiwi to star in 'The Ultimate Fighter' reality series

Kiwi Kai Kara-France will enter the octagon with 15 other fighters in hopes of becoming "The Ultimate Fighter". Photo / Getty Images
Kiwi Kai Kara-France will enter the octagon with 15 other fighters in hopes of becoming "The Ultimate Fighter". Photo / Getty Images

The cast for the 24th season of American reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter has been revealed, and includes 23-year-old Aucklander Kai Kara-France.

Kara-France stands at 1.65m and weighs in at 56kg. He has a 12 win, five loss record and has won his last five fights.

The show brings together sixteen competitors from all over the world who congregate in Las Vegas for a single-elimination tournament.

The winner of the tournament will get a shot at the UFC flyweight championship currently held by Demetrious Johnson on the TUF 24 Finale card. This is a first for the tournament.

The fighters will be broken up into two even teams coached by a pair of 125-pound contenders: Joseph Benavidez and former Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo. The coaches will also square off in the finale.

Kara-France is not the first Kiwi to appear on the show, with Wellington man Dylan Andrews making it as far as the semi-finals in the show's 17th season.

The series will go to air in September, with the finale taking place in early December at an undetermined Las Vegas venue.

- NZ Herald

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