Two top ten ranked UFC heavyweight fighters will collide in May.
Abdurakhimov (20-5) has not fought since his loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 242, which took place on Sept. 19, 2019. It will be more than a year since the Dagestani fighter has competed. He was scheduled to compete twice against French UFC phenom Ciryl Gane in 2020, but each of them pulled out.
Sakai (15-2) tasted defeat for the first time in his UFC career last time out. In his first main event against MMA legend Alistar Overeem last September, he lost via TKO in the fifth round. Before his most recent loss, the Brazilian was riding a six-fight winning streak.
Both fighters need a win to keep their spot in the top ten.
No official location, venue, or broadcast details have been announced for the UFC’s May 1 Fight Night event. The following bouts have been reported for the card thus far:
- Cub Swanson vs. Gavin Tucker
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Augusto Sakai
- Damon Jackson vs. T.J. Laramie
- Kai Kamaka III vs. T.J. Brown
- Mike Jackson vs. Dean Barry
- Ji Yeon Kim vs. Poliana Botelho
- Dominick Reyes vs. Jirí Prochazka
- Andreas Michailidis vs. KB Bhullar
- Ion Cuțelaba vs. Devin Clark
- Sam Hughes vs. Loma Lookboonmee
- Augusto Sakai vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov