Araujo’s victory over Maia simply caused the two fighters to swap rankings, putting Araujo at No. 9 and Maia at No. 11.
Rankings On The Line This Weekend At UFC 294: Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2
There are five fights coming up in Abu Dhabi this weekend that feature at least one ranked fighter.
Headlining the prelims will be No. 10 ranked veteran flyweight Tim Elliott, as he faces No. 11 ranked undefeated contender Muhammad Mokaev. It’s an important test to see if Mokaev is truly ready to fight with the best flyweights in the world and it’s the perfect fight for Elliott to reestablish himself as a title contender.
At middleweight, Ikram Aliskerov is set to face veteran Warlley Alves on the main card. Aliskerov sits at No. 11, and although he was initially scheduled to face Paulo Costa and Nassourdine Imavov, he’s just happy to get back into the Octagon and defend his spot in the rankings.
Light heavyweight contenders Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker are eyeing the opportunity to stamp their ticket to a 205-pound title shot. At No. 2 and No. 7, respectively, this fight is big for the landscape of the division and provides each fighter with the chance to have a signature moment.