Dennis Hallman (50-14-2, 3-5 UFC) and John Makdessi (9-0, 2-0 UFC) were set to meet on the undercard of UFC 140 in a lightweight bout, but Hallman missed weight by a full two and a half pounds. Hallman was unable to cut any more weight so gave up part of his purse to make it a catchweight fight.
How do these two stack up?
Hallman: 36 years old | 5'9"
Makdessi: 26 years old | 5'8"
What have these two done recently?
Hallman: L - Brian Ebersole (TKO), W - Karo Parisyan (TKO), W - Ben Saunders (Dec)
Makdessi: W - Kyle Watson (KO), W - Pat Audinwood (Dec), W - Bendy Casimir (Dec)
How did these two get here?
Dennis Hallman is a veteran of the sport, fighting since 1996, with 67 fights as a professional. His biggest claim to fame is two wins over Matt Hughes, both in under twenty seconds. His unlikely return to the UFC in 2009 has been met with mixed success as he has gone 2-2. Missing weight in his attempt to drop to lightweight did him no favors and he'll be in for a real tough fight against the young Makdessi.
Makdessi has a long history with traditional mixed martial arts and kickboxing and that has translated into success in mixed martial arts. His spinning backfist knockout of Kyle Watson is a highlight that we'll be seeing as long as he is fighting. He remains one of the top young fighters to keep an eye on in the UFC.
Why should you care?
Hallman missing weight put a slight taint on the fight, but Makdessi is must-see at this point and Hallman is a significant test for him.
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