09 Feb - 
UFC 234's Raulian Paiva was invited to DWCS as flyweight, so he figured he'd stay

MELBOURNE, Australia – Until he got the call to fight on Dana White’s Contender Series, Raulian Paiva was a bantamweight.

The spot he was offered was at flyweight, so he quickly accepted the move down a weight class. And after it led to a win, he figured he’d stay at 125 pounds.

Paiva (18-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Kai Kara-France (18-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 234, which takes place Saturday at Rod Laver Arena. Their fight airs live on the ESPN prelims.

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Despite the shaky ground on which the flyweight division stands, Paiva isn’t worried about where he’ll end up.

“Right now, the focus is just on beating Kai,” he said. “If it comes to that, I don’t mind going up to bantam. If it’s the case that I need to be at bantamweight, that’s where I’ll go.”

To hear more from Paiva, watch the video above.

For more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.