A lightweight battle featuring a solid UFC veteran against a highly-touted prospect should produce plenty of fireworks this weekend at UFC 169. John Makdessi and Alan Patrick both enter their matchup in New Jersey riding win streaks. Since dropping a decision to Anthony Njokuani, the powerful Makdessi has won three straight fights including an explosive first-round stoppage of Renee Forte at UFC 165. Makdessi has plenty of power and utilizes strikes from all angles. He’s produced eight knockouts in 12 career triumphs.
Patrick is an unbeaten and talented Brazilian who came to the promotion with plenty of hype. The 3o-year-old showed why there are such high expectations for him in finishing Garett Whiteley in the opening round of their bout at Fight Night 29. The performance certainly made a strong first impression, and now he gets a serious step up in competition against the dangerous Makdessi. Patrick has six of his 11 career wins by knockout or submission. He’s very similar to “The Bull” in his ability to showcase flashy and powerful striking techniques.
This 155-pound matchup should be a stellar feature for the preliminary portion of the card. Both men pack serious power with Makdessi being the far more seasoned Octagon performer with seven prior appearances. We know plenty about what Makdessi brings to the table in regards to skills and toughness, and this weekend we will learn a lot more about Patrick. He has plenty of promise, and a test against Makdessi will provide answers about his toughness and his ability to take a punch.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports