Top-tier flyweights Kai Kara-France and Askar Askarov are expected to meet at a UFC March 26 event, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting. Verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected shortly.
MMA Junkie first reported Kara-France vs. Askarov. Askarov also confirmed the bout via Instagram.
Kara-France just notched the biggest win of his career with a first-round stoppage of ex-bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, who was making his 125-pound debut when they met at UFC 269. The finish was the second straight knockout win for Kara-France, who was outpointed by the current champ at UFC 245 and promised after his win that a rematch between them would have a far different outcome.
Askarov, meanwhile, fought to a draw with Moreno in the champ’s fight prior to Kara-France. It was the only blemish on the Dagestan native’s 15-fight professional resume. Afterward, he outpointed Tim Elliott, Alexandre Pantoja and Joseph Benavidez in a trio of appearances.