Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was originally slated to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight showdown at UFC 187. After an injury sidelined Nurmagomedov, John Makdessi stepped in to fill the void.

Makdessi will fight Cerrone on short notice this weekend on UFC 187. Both fighters are coming off wins and Cerrone has not lost in his last seven fights. Makdessi has won four out of his last five fights, with his latest being the most impressive. Makdessi is a short notice replacement for the injured Nurmagomedov, but will look to capitalize on the biggest opportunity thus far in his career. John Makdessi has 9 wins by KO and 4 by decision. Cerrone has 15 wins by submission and four more by knockout, so what must Makdessi need to do to walk away with a win on fight night?


Makdessi is the shorter fighter and the power puncher. Makdessi will need to get inside and avoid Cerrone’s reach advantage to land big punches. Makdessi can be flashy with his spinning back fists and spin kicks this can make him unpredictable. The Canadian needs to keep the unpredictable style, but being careful to keep the fight standing. Makdessi will need to keep the pressure on Cerrone by throwing strikes and using angles to avoid takedowns.


Makdessi needs to be patient picking his shots and slowly wearing Cerrone down. The knockout will come if Makdessi can set up big shots while staying inside the pocket. This will take time, Makdessi should not get reckless too early in the fight.


Makdessi must relax this is his biggest fight to date. If Makdessi can relax and stay composed, he will frustrate Cerrone into making mistakes. Makdessi must find the openings in the late rounds to land the knockout shot. If he can take this fight into the late rounds and still have the gas to land heavy punches, he can win this fight with a late knockout.


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Jessica Doerner
Staff Writer

Jessica Doerner is a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter with a 5 and 3 professional record. She has also worked for the Air Force for over 14 years and is currently in the Hawaii Air Guard. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Sports and Health Science, Bachelors in Management/Healthcare, and Associates in Information Systems. She has a passion for all things health and fitness especially anything related to Mixed Martial Arts.