John Makdessi

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John Makdessi
Born (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 (age 28)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Other names The Bull
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Shotokan, Taekwondo
Fighting out of Laval, Quebec, Canada
Team Tristar Gym, Team Bull
Rank

black belt in Shotokan

black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 12
By knockout 8
By decision 4
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

John Makdessi (born May 3, 1985) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Makdessi has been a professional MMA competitor since 2008, competing mostly in Canada.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early life[edit]

John was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 3, 1985 and is a first generation Lebanese-Canadian born to Lebanese parents.[1] His martial arts training started with Taekwondo at the age of 6. When John started high school though, his dojang closed, and he could no longer continue. Towards the end of highschool at the age of 17, he found a Karate Dojo. He spent a lot of his time competing in Kickboxing tournaments, and in 2006 won a gold medal in the USKBA. After going 22-0 in Kickboxing, John started training for Mixed Martial Arts.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Makdessi signed with the UFC in 2010, making his promotional debut on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124 in Montreal against Pat Audinwood.[2] Despite his obvious height and reach disadvantage, Makdessi was able to dominate Audinwood with inventive kicks, whilst also being able to stop Audinwood's attacks effectively. After three rounds, Makdessi was declared the winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Makdessi was expected to face TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[3] However, Brookins was pulled from the bout and Makdessi instead faced another TUF 12 alum in Kyle Watson.[4] Makdessi defeated Watson via KO due to a spinning backfist in the third round.

Makdessi was expected to face Paul Taylor on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[5] However, Makdessi was forced from the bout with an injury.[6]

Makdessi faced Dennis Hallman on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[7] Hallman was able to take Makdessi to the ground early in the opening round and land multiple strikes from Makdessi's back before securing a fight ending rear naked choke, giving Makdessi the first loss of his career.

Makdessi fought fellow striker Anthony Njokuani on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[8] Makdessi lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Makdessi next faced Sam Stout on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[9] He defeated Stout via unanimous decision.

Makdessi then fought Daron Cruickshank at UFC 158 on March 16, 2013.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Makdessi was expected to face Edson Barboza on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[11] However, Makdessi, pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Rafaello Oliveira.[12]

Makdessi faced Renee Forte on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[13] He won the fight by knockout in the first round.

Makdessi faced Alan Patrick at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.[14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–3 Alan Patrick Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–2 Renee Forte KO (punches) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 1 2:01 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 11–2 Daron Cruickshank Decision (unanimous) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 10–2 Sam Stout Decision (unanimous) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 9–2 Anthony Njokuani Decision (unanimous) UFC 145 April 21, 2012 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Catchweight (158 lbs) bout as Makdessi missed weight
Loss 9–1 Dennis Hallman Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 2:58 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (158.5 lbs) bout as Hallman missed weight
Win 9–0 Kyle Watson KO (spinning backfist) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 3 1:27 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–0 Pat Audinwood Decision (unanimous) UFC 124 December 11, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–0 Bendy Casimir Decision (unanimous) Mixed Fight League 3 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–0 Lindsey Hawkes TKO (punches) Canadian Fighting Championship 4 February 26, 2010 2 4:59 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 5–0 Brandon McArthur TKO (doctor stoppage) Ringside MMA: Rivalry November 14, 2009 1 5:00 Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–0 Iraj Hadin TKO (punches) Ringside MMA: Rage Fighting August 22, 2009 2 4:48 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Amir Uddin TKO (punches) XMMA 7: Inferno February 27, 2009 2 3:06 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 Dan Dechaine TKO (punches) XMMA 6: House of Pain November 8, 2008 1 1:48 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Todd Westcott TKO (punches) XMMA 5: It's Crow Time September 13, 2008 1 3:06 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cage Potato Interview: John Makdessi Wants Jaws to Drop When He Fights
  2. ^ "Undefeated John Makdessi octagon-bound, meets Pat Audinwood at UFC 124". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-14. 
  3. ^ "MacDonald-Wilks, Brookins-Makdessi added to UFC 129 in Toronto". bloodyelbow.com. January 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "John Makdessi meets Kyle Watson, not Jonathan Brookins, at UFC 129". mmajunkie.com. January 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "John Makdessi vs. Paul Taylor In The Works for UFC on Versus 5". mmafrenzy.com. June 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "John Makdessi injured, forced out of UFC on Versus 5 bout with Paul Taylor". mmajunkie.com. June 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dennis Hallman and John Makdessi agree to UFC 140 matchup in Toronto". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-09. 
  8. ^ "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Staff (September 7, 2012). "John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout added to UFC 154". mmajunkie.com. 
  10. ^ "Makdessi Set To Face Cruickshank At UFC 158". topmmanews.com. January 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ Staff (April 12, 2013). "UFC 162 adds lightweights Edson Barboza vs. John Makdessi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-05-30). "Edson Barboza faces Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 162 following John Makdessi injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-07-23). "John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte added to UFC 165 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-12-10). "John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick added to UFC 169". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 

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