John Makdessi
The Bull

Canada

Out
Injury Face
Est. Return 10/9/2021
Tabbed with six-month medical ban
LightweightUFC
Out
April 13, 2021
Makdessi picked up a six-month medical suspension for some facial fractures suffered in his win over Ignacio Bahamondes on Saturday's UFC on ABC 2 card, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Makdessi managed to pick up the victory despite his battle scars and will not be allowed back to contact training until May 11 nor the Octagon until May 26 at the earliest, even if he gets clearance. Without a doctor's clearance, Makdessi won't be available to retake the Octagon until Oct. 8 at the earliest.
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Strong effort as underdog
LightweightUFC
Out
April 10, 2021
Makdessi defeated Ignacio Bahamondes via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Makdessi's offensive arsenal is extremely limited and is not going to improve as he ages, but he has the ability to remain competitive if he is facing an opponent who is willing to engage him in a straight-forward brawl. The debuting Bahamondes was willing to do just that. Makdessi has been around a long time. He made his company debut against Pat Audinwood at UFC 124 on December 11, 2010. Makdessi has fought just five times since December 2017 and the competition level he has gone up against hasn't been great, but the 35-year-old Canadian is now 4-1 in those previously-mentioned five bouts. The good times will almost certainly come to an end if Makdessi receives a bump in competition, but this was a strong effort as a +175 underdog.
Slated for April fight
LightweightUFC
Out
January 22, 2021
Makdessi will take on Ignacio Bahamondes in a lightweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Can't solve Francisco Trinaldo
LightweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
Out
January 7, 2020
Makdessi will face Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
Out
July 30, 2019
Makdessi withdrew from UFC 241 on Tuesday, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
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.