John Makdessi
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Slated for April fight
January 22, 2021
Makdessi will take on Ignacio Bahamondes in a lightweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, reports.
Makdessi will return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year after losing to Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision at UFC Brasilia in March of 2020. He'll take on Bahamondes, who will be making his UFC debut after earning a contract by defeating Edson Gomez via KO (front kick) at Dana White's Contender Series in early November. Bahamondes fought at the welterweight level during the matchup but will drop to lightweight against Makdessi. Bahamondes carries advantages in both height and reach.
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Can't solve Francisco Trinaldo
March 14, 2020
Makdessi lost to Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
Over the course of a 15-minute kickboxing match in which neither man did much of anything offensively, it was Makdessi who found himself retreating for a good portion of the fight. He didn't absorb much damage and in fact, was credited with a 44-31 edge in total strikes landed, but his lack of aggressiveness made this a clear cut decision. Makdessi somehow entered this one on a three-fight winning streak but this was not a good effort. He nothing more than roster depth in the later stages of his career despite the recent success.
Fighting Francisco Trinaldo
January 7, 2020
Makdessi will face Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Makdessi has won three straight fights, all by unanimous decision. He withdrew from a scheduled match against Devonte Smith in August for unknown reasons but is evidently good to go now. His opponent, the 41-year-old Brazilian, has alternated between wins and losses for his last seven fights, most recently defeating Bobby Green by unanimous decision in November.
Pulls out of UFC 241
July 30, 2019
Makdessi withdrew from UFC 241 on Tuesday, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports.
It's unclear why Makdessi was forced to pull out of the fight, but it's on fairly short notice with the bout just over two weeks away. However, despite that, the UFC is actively seeking out a replacement to take on Devonte Smith on Aug. 17 in Anaheim. As of now, Makdessi has no timetable for a return.
Will fight at UFC Anaheim
June 12, 2019
Makdessi has been added to the UFC Anaheim card versus Devonte Smith, Marcelo Barone of reports.
Makdessi has found a good spot in his MMA career, taking home three straight victories, most recently versus Jesus Pinedo at UFC Fight Night 148. The 34-year-old typically stays upright and Devonte Smith should oblige him in that regard, as the pair have combined for 18 KO/TKOs in their 27 victories and neither owns a win via submission.
Wins slow-paced striking match
March 23, 2019
Makdessi defeated Jesus Pinedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27. 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
Perhaps a late opponent change can be blamed for the slow nature of this fight but it seemed as though Makdessi had the upperhand for most of the contest, as his opponent simply backed up and threw the occasional flurry of strikes. We've seen Makdessi use his quick hands and clever striking to win many times before in the Octagon but he did feel Pinedo's power more than once in the contest, which may have made him hesitant to engage. Makdessi improves to 17-6 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.