May 3, 1985 |
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Other names||The Bull|
|Residence||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Shotokan, Taekwondo|
|Fighting out of||Laval, Quebec, Canada|
|Team||Tristar Gym, Team Bull|
black belt in Shotokanblack belt in Taekwondo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
John was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 3, 1985 and is a first generation Lebanese-Canadian born to Lebanese parents. 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
Makdessi signed with the UFC in 2010, making his promotional debut on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124 in Montreal against Pat Audinwood. 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. However, Brookins was pulled from the bout and Makdessi instead faced another TUF 12 alum in Kyle Watson. Makdessi defeated Watson via KO due to a spinning backfist in the third round.
Makdessi faced Dennis Hallman on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||12 wins||2 losses|
|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|
- Cage Potato Interview: John Makdessi Wants Jaws to Drop When He Fights
- "Undefeated John Makdessi octagon-bound, meets Pat Audinwood at UFC 124". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-14.
- "MacDonald-Wilks, Brookins-Makdessi added to UFC 129 in Toronto". bloodyelbow.com. January 4, 2010.
- "John Makdessi meets Kyle Watson, not Jonathan Brookins, at UFC 129". mmajunkie.com. January 11, 2011.
- "John Makdessi vs. Paul Taylor In The Works for UFC on Versus 5". mmafrenzy.com. June 3, 2011.
- "John Makdessi injured, forced out of UFC on Versus 5 bout with Paul Taylor". mmajunkie.com. June 25, 2011.
- "Dennis Hallman and John Makdessi agree to UFC 140 matchup in Toronto". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-09.
- "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012.
- Staff (September 7, 2012). "John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout added to UFC 154". mmajunkie.com.
- "Makdessi Set To Face Cruickshank At UFC 158". topmmanews.com. January 5, 2013.
- Staff (April 12, 2013). "UFC 162 adds lightweights Edson Barboza vs. John Makdessi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
- Ariel Helwani (2013-05-30). "Edson Barboza faces Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 162 following John Makdessi injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- Staff (2013-07-23). "John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte added to UFC 165 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23.