Kai Kara-France's pathway to the UFC's flyweight championship title has become clearer, following the announcement of his next bout in just a few months' time.
Kara-France, 28, will take on No.2 ranked Russian Askar Askarov on March 26 in Ohio, in what will be a title eliminator.
The fight will cap a quick turnaround for Kara-France, who impressed with a fight of the night performance against Cody Garbrandt in Las Vegas in December, winning with a first-round TKO.
"I didn't want to sit around and just wait for something to happen," Kara-France tells Newshub.
"I want to go out and take it. After I beat Askar Askarov, there's no excuse. I'm the next guy in line.
"So I'm excited for this fight."
Sixth-ranked Kara-France has also told the UFC he's ready to step in should champion Brandon Moreno or challenger Deiveson Figueiredo is unable to enter the octagon at UFC 270 later this month.
Kara-France boasts a record of 23-9 as a professional, and 6-2 in the UFC.