Fresh off the announcement that Canadian lightweight John Makdessi would face Edson Barboza at UFC 162 on July 6, The MMA Corner has learned that Makdessi has signed a new four-fight contract with the promotion.
Thus far, the striking specialist has gone 4-2 inside the UFC Octagon. After starting his career 9-0—including two victories in the UFC—Makdessi dropped back-to-back fight to Dennis Hallman and Anthony Njokuani. However, “The Bull” has surged back with wins over Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank in his two most recent outings at UFC 154 and UFC 158, respectively.
Seven of the 27-year-old fighter’s career wins have come via strikes, including a vicious spinning back fist knockout of Kyle Watson at UFC 129. The Tristar product compiled a 22-0 kickboxing record before making the transition to mixed martial arts in 2008.
As part of his new contract, Makdessi will face yet another stand-up star in Barboza. The Brazilian possesses an equally impressive kickboxing record and a penchant for knocking out his opponents on the feet. The fight is sure to be fireworks for anyone fortunate enough to watch.
The fight with Barboza will mark just the second time in his MMA career that Makdessi has fought outside of his native Canada. His bout with Njokuani took place in Atlanta in the spring of 2012.
UFC 162 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event is headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman. The event will coincide with the promotion’s annual fan expo, which takes place at the nearby Mandalay Bay Events Center from July 5-6.
Photo: John Makdessi (The MMA Corner)