Featherweight Jack Shore says he "can't wait to get back" as he prepares for his return to the octagon at UFC 301 on Saturday, 24 May in Brazil.
The Welshman takes on home favourite Joanderson Brito at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
It marks Shore's first fight since he submitted Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 286 in March 2023.
Shore, 29, underwent hand surgery in the summer and will be looking to improve his 17-1 professional record.
"I can't wait to get back," Shore told BBC Sport Wales.
"It's great training in the gym, but when you've got the fight at the end that you're ultimately trying to get better for, there's nothing more pleasing.
"The opponent they've given me makes me think the UFC know what level I'm at.
"They wouldn't have given me this guy if they weren't looking at pushing me further on.
"He's in a very good spot, there's a lot of people calling for him to fight a ranked opponent, so if I beat him where does that put me?"
Brito, 29, has a professional record of 16 wins, three losses and a draw and is on a four-fight winning streak.
Scotland's Paul Craig is one of the bouts already announced on the card when he takes on another Brazilian, Caio Borralho.