Manel Kape vs. Alex Perez in the works for UFC Fight Night card on March 25


A new flyweight fight pitting Manel Kape against Alex Perez is in the works for the upcoming UFC Fight Night card on March 25 in San Antonio, Texas.

Multiple people who are aware of the plans for the promotion confirmed that the information was available to MMA Fighting Friday.

The fight was arranged after Perez was removed from UFC 284 when his opponent Kai Kara France was injured. Perez was unable to find a substitute opponent in Australia so he will be fighting closer to home in Texas at the March event.

Perez is looking to bounce back from two straight losses in a row after he fell to reigning UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figureido and Alexandre Pantoja in back-to-back fights. Prior to those setbacks, Perez had rattled off three wins in a row, including a victory over Jussier Formiga that helped him secure a 125-pound title shot.

As for Kape, the former RIZIN fighter will look to build on his three-fight win streak, which includes his victory over David Dvorak in his most recent outing at UFC Vegas 66. Kape’s last two wins have included a pair knockouts against Zhalgas Zhumagulov, and Ode Osbourne.

The upcoming UFC card on March 25 is still coming together with a main event to be determined.

Mike Heck contributed to this report.