A potentially explosive lightweight battle is the latest addition to UFC 169 in New Jersey. The February 1 event will feature veteran John Makdessi tangling with highly-touted newcomer Alan Patrick.
“The Bull” has reeled off victories over Sam Stout, Daron Cruickshank and Renee Forte since suffering a decision loss to Anthony Njokuani. Makdessi showcased his spectacular and powerful striking skills against Forte at UFC 165 by finishing him in the very first round. Makdessi is 12-2 in his career, with five of those victories having come inside the Octagon. He has eight career knockouts to his credit.
Patrick came to the UFC with plenty of advance hype, and made a favorable first impression in the Octagon by stopping Garett Whiteley by first-round TKO at Fight Night 29. The talented Brazilian is a perfect 11-0 in his career and has recorded six victories by either knockout or submission.
This fight definitely should produce some fireworks as both Makdessi and “Nuguette” have showcased some very powerful and unorthodox striking techniques. Makdessi is clearly the more experienced of the two combatants, having fought seven times in the Octagon, and looks to hand Patrick the first loss of his career. If Patrick can impress against a tough opponent in Makdessi, he will definitely be on his way to bigger things in the 155-pound division.
The Super Bowl weekend event is definitely setting up to be a solid one. It’ll feature a pair of title contests as long-reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo will square off against Ricardo Lamas, while the main event will be the long-awaited bantamweight unification fight between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports