The UFC has booked a flyweight clash between Askar Askarov and Kai Kara-France for a UFC Fight Night on March 26, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.
The 125-pound contest will likely produce the next challenger for the UFC flyweight title, although the promotion has not officially made that distinction. The UFC has yet to announce an official venue for the event.
Askarov and Kara-France are respectively ranked 3rd and 6th in the UFC rankings. Current 125-pound champion Brandon Moreno is set to defend his title in a trilogy fight against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270 on January 22 in Anaheim.
A fighter outside of Russia, Askarov (14-0-1) already faced Moreno in September 2019 in a tie by split decision. He is 3-0-1 in the Octagon, with wins over Tim Elliott, Alexandre Pantoja and Joseph Benavidez.
Kara-France (23-9) just beat Cody Garbrandt in the first round at UFC 269 earlier this month in Las Vegas. A member of New Zealand’s City Kickboxing Gymnasium, Kara-France also fought Moreno in 2019. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to the champion in December of that year.
A light heavyweight clash between former champion Jan Blachowicz and Alexander Rakic is expected to headline the March 26 event.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the news of the fight.