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JOHN MAKDESSI

AGE

33

RECORD

17-6-0

REACH

68”

HEIGHT

5'8"

WEIGHT

155LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

ROUFUSPORT

HOMETOWN

LAVAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 148 – VS JESUS PINEDO

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Pinedo is in the southpaw stance. Makdessi is in the orthodox. Makdessi takes the center and starts putting pressure on Pinedo. Pinedo is moving on the outside. Makdessi opens the fight with a leg kick. Both fighters are searching for their range. Makdessi is throwing faints. Both fighters are patient. Neither fighter is willing to pull the trigger. 1st min in, nice Makdessi moves in and lands nice legs kick. Pinedo lands a leg kick. Both fighters are having a hard time setting their timing. Nice side kick to the body lands for Makdessi. He is showing his taekwondo skills early. Makdessi is walking Pinedo down. Both fighters exchange hard punches! Halfway in, Pinedo starts opening up with the kicks. Nice kick to the body lands for Pinedo! Both fighters are passive. They are hesitating too much. Makdessi explodes with a spinning kick to the body and lands. Pinedo misses with the high kick. Both fighters exchange kicks in the center. 1 min to go, Pinedo is not using his reach advantage. Makdessi lands an inside leg kick. Pinedo is light on his feet and throwing faints. He goes high with the kick, blocked by Makdessi. He fires a leg kick but eats a hard right counter from Makdessi. 10-9 Makdessi 

Rd 2 – Makdessi immediately takes the center and continues with the pressure. Makdessi moves in and lands a kick to the body. Pinedo returns the kick. Makdessi catches the kick but not following Pinedo on the mat. Pinedo is back on his feet. He explodes with a one-two and lands a nice left straight. 1st min in, Fighters are more active in this round. Both fighters are busy with the kicks. Makdessi moves in but eats a right counter. Makdessi is mixing up his kicks high and low. Pinedo has a hard time defending them. Makdessi is winning the fight with the kicks. He goes high the kick, partially blocked by Pinedo. Halfway in, Pinedo is flat footed and eating kicks. His lead leg is already busted up! He throws a couple of high kicks but misses with all of them. Makdessi is looking much more confident in this round. He is destroying Pinedo with the kicks. Makdessi moves in but eats a left hook and a right hand counter! Makdessi is feeling comfortable scoring from the outside. He starts following his kicks with the punches and lands a hard right hand! Pinedo absorbs. 1 min to go, Makdessi is throwing powerful kicks. Pinedo manages to time the kick and lands a right hand. He explodes with the kicks! Makdessi catches the kick and lands a couple of short counter punches. Pinedo is fired up! He goes high with the kick and lands! 10-9 Makdessi

Rd 3 – Makdessi opens the round with a couple of kicks. Pinedo takes the outside position. Pinedo is heavy on the lead leg. Makdessi is taking advantage with the powerful leg kicks. Hard kick to the body lands for Pinedo! Pinedo is still moving well. 1st min in, Pinedo is looking to time the next kick and explode. He is fighting less more aggressive in this round. Makdessi is relentless with the kicks. Makdessi is destroying the legs of Pinedo. The lead leg of Pinedo is looking nasty! Pinedo is not landing in this round. He has a problem with his timing the entire fight. Halfway in, Makdessi is displaying nice conditioning as he constantly stays busy. Pinedo counters the kick with a right hook and lands. Pinedo finally times the kick and lands a quick one-two combo! Makdessi has felt that one! Now Makdessi catches the kick and lands a double right hand. Hard left hook lands for Makdessi! He is much faster during the exchanges. 1 min to go, Makdessi eats a hard kick to the body! Pinedo starts pressing forward. He is looking for the knockout punch! Nice one tow lands for Pinedo! Makdessi absorbs and continues with the kicks. Nice kick to the body lands for Pinedo. Both fighters are throwing punches in the last seconds. 10-9 Makdessi 

WATCH FIGHT

JULY 2018 UFC ON FOX 30 – VS ROSS PEARSON

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Makdessi immediately opens the fight with a leg kick. Pearson takes the center. Hard inside leg kick lands for Pearson. Pearson is light on his feet. Makdessi is searching for his range. Stiff jab lands for Makdessi. Pearson is busy with the kicks. 1st min in, Makdessi is looking to time the kicks of Pearson. Another hard inside leg kick lands for Pearson! He moves in with the kick but eats a hard left counter. Another counter left lands for Makdessi! He has found his timing on the counter punches early. Makdessi takes the center. Nice left hook lands for Makdessi. Head kick partially lands for Pearson! Makdessi absorbs and continues with the pressure. Both fighters are landing leg kicks. Halfway in, Makdessi moves in and lands a body-head combination He is outboxing Pearson. Both fighters exchange punches. Makdessi is more precise during the exchanges. Pearson is fainting with a jab. Makdessi counters the attack of Pearson with a nice left hook. The left hook of Makdessi finds home every time he throws it. Hard left hand lands for Pearson but Makdessi responds with a piston right hand over the top and lands! 1 min to go, neither fighter is throwing volume. Both fighters are setting up their punches with the kicks. Makdessi closes the distance but eats a counter uppercut. 10-9 Makdessi 

Rd 2 – Makdessi opens the round with an inside leg kick. Pearson starts working the body with the punches. Makdessi moves in and lands a right hand. Nice spinning back kick to the body lands for Makdessi! He is looking sharp. Pearson is working behind his jab. Makdessi is looking for the brawl fight. Pearson lands a couple of stiff jabs. 1st min in, Makdessi fires a high kick but eats a stiff jab. Makdessi shows great head movement as he slips the jab and lands a right hook! Pearson keeps Makdessi guessing with the faints. Pearson moves in with the punches but eats a counter left. Big kick to the body lands for Pearson! Halfway in, Good body shot lands for Pearson! Makdessi answers with a couple of straight punches! Left hook rocks Pearson! He is looking fine. Makdessi is on fire! He has very fast hands! Pearson returns the fire with a nice right hand! Pearson closes the distance and lands a big left hook! Both fighters exchange hard punches! Makdessi fires a big right counter and lands! 1 min to go, Pearson is eating a lot of punches coming in. Big one-two lands for Makdessi! It looks like Pearson is slowing down. Makdessi is seeing everything coming his way. Pearson is all busted up. Big left hook lands for Makdessi as the round ends! 10-9 Makdessi

Rd 3 – Pearson slowly takes the center. Makdessi is looking like a fresher fighter. Pearson is swinging and missing. Makdessi lands a couple of jabs. Pearson is loading on the punches. He moves in and lands a hard right straight! Makdessi continues with the jab. 1st min in, Makdessi lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Pearson time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Makdessi starts exploding with the kicks! Pearson returns the kick to the body. He moves in with the punches but Makdessi counters with a hard left hook! Pearson level changes and clinches against the fence. Makdessi shows great takedown defense and defends. Makdessi continues to demolish Pearson with a jab. Pearson is exploding with the punches over the top! Big right hand lands for Pearson! He is the aggressor. Makdessi is defending with a jab. Makdessi fires a one-two and lands. Halfway in, Pearson presses forward and eats a hard right hand! Both fighters are taking a lot of damage in this round. Big left hook lands for Makdessi! Pearson is slowing down. Makdessi explodes and connects with a couple of hard punches! Pearson is still moving forward. Another big left hand lands for Makdessi! Pearson is swinging like a mad man! He is looking to knock Makdessi out! 1 min to go, Makdessi is landing clean punches! Pearson is looking hurt! Pearson trips Makdessi down but fails to establish the control. Makdessi is destroying Pearson on the feet! Pearson is showing a big heart as he keeps marching forward! Makdessi fires a spinning kick to the body. Pearson catches the kick and scores the takedown as the round ends. 10-9 Makdessi 

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2017 UFC ON FOX 26 – VS ABEL TRUJILLO

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Trujillo takes the center. Makdessi is on the outside. Both fighters are patient. They are light on their feet. Trujillo explodes with a two-punch combo. Makdessi shows good movement as he escapes. 1st min in, Trujillo explodes with the right hand but Makdessi counters with a short left hook. Makdessi lands an eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Trujillo time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Makdessi continues with the pressure. He starts opening up with the kicks. Trujillo lands a nice right hand over the top. Makdessi is throwing faints. Nice right hook lands for Trujillo. That got Makdessi’s attention. Halfway in, neither fighter is willing to take any risks. Makdessi moves in with the left hand lands. Trujillo pushes forward with the right hand. Makdessi times the counter right and drops Trujillo to the mat! Makdessi is not following Trujillo to the mat and allows him to stand. 1 min to go, Makdessi is missing with the kicks. Makdessi lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Trujillo time to recover. The fight continues. Big spinning kick to the body lands for Makdessi! He is looking confident. Trujillo lands a nice right hand over the top as the round ends. 10-9 Makdessi 

Rd 2 – Makdessi quickly takes the center. Trujillo is looking to explode from the outside. Makdessi is throwing short faints. He wants to byte Trujillo into something. 1st min in, Trujillo dives for the single leg. Makdessi defends against the fence. Trujillo is working for a takedown. Makdessi is showing good takedown defense. However, Trujillo switches to a double leg and scores a takedown. Makdessi explodes back to his feet. Trujillo lands a nice right hand on the separation. Trujillo connects with a stiff jab. Halfway in, Makdessi resets and continues with the pressure. Makdessi lands a hard kick to the body! He follows the attack with the hard inside leg kick! Trujillo has a hard time fighting under constant pressure. Makdessi is landing nice inside leg kicks. Trujillo responds with a stiff double jab. 1 min to go, Another stiff jab lands for Trujillo. Makdessi clearly lacks the head movement. He moves forward and lands a kick to the body. Trujillo is countering with the left hand. Nice step in right hook lands for Makdessi. 10-9 Makdessi

Rd 3 – Makdessi continues with the pressure. Trujillo explodes with the punches. Makdessi counters with a hard left hand and lands! Both fighters are patient. Trujillo moves in once again but eats another left counter. 1st min in, Makdessi is controlling the fight on the feet. Trujillo is on the back foot the entire fight. Makdessi misses with the spinning kick to the body. Trujillo counters with a nice two punch combo. Makdessi is looking sharp in this round. He is the aggressor. Halfway in, Makdessi goes high with the kick and partially lands! Trujillo has a hard time closing the distance in this round. Makdessi is busy with the kicks from the outside. Trujillo dives for a single leg takedown. Makdessi is defending against the fence. Makdessi separates from the clinch and continues with the kicks. 1 min to go, Trujillo is missing with the punches. He is clearly slowing down. He moves in but Makdessi counters with a two-punch combo! Nice right hand lands for Makdessi! He fakes the leg kick and lands a right hand! Makdessi is destroying Trujillo in the last minute of the fight. 10-9 Makdessi 

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

23 MATCHES 17 WINS 6 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 9 2
SUBMISSION 0 1
DECISION 8 3
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Makdessi is a talented standup fighter with the incredible leg kicking skills.
  • He is the black belt in Shotokan Karate and a black belt in Taekwondo.
  • Makdessi has made to the Roufusport training facility for his last 3 fights.
  • Makdessi is very accurate with the striking. As of the Pinedo fight, he had 4th highest striking accuracy among active UFC Lightweights (50.9%).
  • He holds 1 of 6 spinning back fists knockouts in UFC history.
  • His kicks are very powerful. He throws them from all angles and very precise as seen against Pinedo and Pearson.
  • Makdessi prefers to counter. His timing on the counter left hook was perfect against Pinedo and Pearson.
  • Also, Makdessi can throw volume strikes as seen in the third round against Pearson.
  • His conditioning is very good. He was fighting a high pace fight against Pearson and was not slowing down at any moment.
  • Against Pearson and Trujillo, Makdessi has shown good wrestling defense. He was defending the takedowns well.