|Born||May 3, 1985|
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Other names||The Bull|
|Residence||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Laval, Quebec, Canada|
|Team||Roufusport (2018-) |
Thai long Muay Thai
|Rank||Black belt in Shotokan Karate |
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Makdessi 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 Tae Kwon Do at the age of six. When Makdessi started high school, his dojo closed, and he could no longer continue. Towards the end of high school at the age of 19, he found a karate dojo where he learned Shotokan. Makdessi 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, Makdessi began training in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Makdessi made his professional MMA debut in 2008 and compiled an undefeated record of 7-0 before being signed by the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Makdessi was expected to face TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129. Brookins pulled out of the bout and was replaced by another TUF 12 alum in Kyle Watson, who Makdessi knocked out with a spinning backfist in the third round.
Makdessi was expected to face Abel Trujillo on April 25, 2015, at UFC 186. Trujillo pulled out of the fight citing an injury, and was replaced on April 1 by promotional newcomer Shane Campbell. Makdessi won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Less than a month after his win, Makdessi returned to the octagon as a replacement for injured Khabib Nurmagomedov against Donald Cerrone on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187. Makdessi lost the fight via TKO after his jaw was broken with a head kick in the second round.
Makdessi was expected to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231. However, on November 28, 2018, it was reported that Makdessi was removed from the card and replaced by Jesse Ronson.
Makdessi is expected to face Nasrat Haqparast on March 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 148. However, on March 13, 2019, it was reported that Haqparast was pulled from the bout due to injury and he is replaced by Jesus Pinedo.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Fear the Fighter sponsorship controversy
Makdessi is listed as the president of the MMA apparel brand Fear the Fighter, which has sponsored several MMA and UFC fighters. Since 2014, a number of fighters have come forward with complaints, alleging that Fear the Fighter had failed to pay their respective sponsorship fees. Akira Corassani, Tim Elliott, John Dodson, Georgi Karakhanyan, and Gegard Mousasi have publicly made such allegations. In April 2015, Mousasi's management team stated that they had filed a lawsuit against Makdessi and Fear the Fighter due to their alleged failure to pay the outstanding debt owed to Mousasi.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2||July 28, 2018||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–6||Abel Trujillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||14–6||Lando Vannata||KO (wheel kick)||UFC 206||December 10, 2016||1||1:40||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||14–5||Mehdi Baghdad||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–5||Yancy Medeiros||Decision (split)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Donald Cerrone||TKO (head kick)||UFC 187||May 23, 2015||2||4:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–3||Shane Campbell||TKO (punches)||UFC 186||April 25, 2015||1||4:53||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||12–3||Alan Patrick||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 169||February 1, 2014||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||12–2||Renée 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; 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; Hallman missed weight.|
|Win||9–0||Kyle Watson||KO (spinning back fist)||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||Catchweight (159 lbs) bout; Makdessi missed weight.|
|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|
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- Ben Fowlkes (July 29, 2018). "A new coach and a little maturity went a long way for John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 30". mmajunkie.com.
- Thomas Gerbasi (December 8, 2010). "John Makdessi - Express Yourself". UFC.com.
- 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. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23.
- "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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
- "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. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.
- "Dennis Hallman and John Makdessi agree to UFC 140 matchup in Toronto". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-09. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30.
- "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012.[permanent dead link]
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- "Makdessi Set To Face Cruickshank At UFC 158". topmmanews.com. January 5, 2013.
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- Staff (2013-07-23). "John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte added to UFC 165 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
- Guilherme Cruz (2013-12-10). "John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick added to UFC 169". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- Ben Fowlkes (2014-02-01). "UFC 169 results, photos: Alan Patrick outguns John Makdessi for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
- Sean Bio (2015-02-05). "Abel Trujillo meets John Makdessi at UFC 186 in Montreal". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- Mike Bohn and John Morgan (2015-04-01). "Shane Campbell replaces injured Abel Trujillo against John Makdessi at UFC 186". mmajunkie.com.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-25). "UFC 186 results: John Makdessi eats some kicks, then brutalizes Shane Campbell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-04-30). "Fresh off TKO win, John Makdessi gets call to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov against Donald Cerrone". mmafighting.com.
- Dave Doyle (2015-04-30). "UFC 187 results: Donald Cerrone finishes John Makdessi with head kick". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
- Ariel Helwani (2015-05-25). "John Makdessi undergoes successful jaw surgery". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-11-24). "John Makdessi meets Yancy Medeiros at UFC 194". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: Yancy Medeiros edges disappointed John Makdessi with split call". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
- Mike Bohn (2016-04-28). "Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi moves from UFC 199 in June to UFC Fight Night 90 in July". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
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- Associated Press (2017-06-20). "Montreal's John Makdessi to take on Sage Northcutt at UFC 214". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
- Staff (2017-07-14). "Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi scratched from UFC 214; both fighters injured". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
- Nolan King (2017-10-11). "John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo in the works for UFC Winnipeg". mma-today.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "UFC on FOX 26 results: John Makdessi picks apart Abel Trujillo, cruises to decision win". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
- Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
- "UFC on FOX 30 results: John Makdessi tops Ross Pearson in bloody battle". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
- "UFC on FOX 30 bonuses: Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo among $50,000 winners in Calgary". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-29. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
- Marcel Dorff (2018-10-04). "John Makdessi meets Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC 231 in Toronto". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-10-04. (in Dutch)
- "Jesse Ronson returns to the UFC, meets Diego Ferreira at UFC 231". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
- The Canadian Press (2019-01-30). "John Makdessi to face Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Nashville". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
- "Canadian John Makdessi gets new opponent for UFC card in Nashville - Sportsnet.ca". www.sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
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