Shields returned to welterweight with a split-decision win over rising prospect Tyron Woodley. Maia's welterweight run has led him to the No. 4 ranking in the division.
Without doubt, Maia's run has been dominant.
It all began with a quick injury TKO over Dong Hyun Kim. After that bout, he moved on to a quick submission win over Rick Story and a dominant decision against Jon Fitch. Maia has become a serious title contender in the welterweight division.
The October 9 tilt will have a lot of implications on the rankings, but before we get there, this is your head-to-toe breakdown of the welterweight matchup.