John Makdessi scored a highlight reel knock out via spinning backfist against Kyle Watson at 1:27 of the third round in their UFC 129 bout.
The fight was streamed live on UFC's Facebook page.
The two spend most of the first round finding their range and feeling one another out. Watson landed some leg kicks but ate a number of lead left hooks coming in. Makdessi finally busted out a spinning kick with about 1:45 left in the round. He caught Watson with a front leg hook kick around the one minute mark. Watson tried to answer with a superman punch but just got countered for his troubles. Pretty slow opening round.
Watson tried to force a clinch to open the second but got tagged repeatedly. Watson charged forward and ate more left hooks. Watson then landed a sharp head kick. Makdessi landed a front kick and attempted a hook kick to the head. Watson missed a high kick and Makdessi answered with one of his own then hurt Watson with a left. Makdessi worked the front side kick. Makdessi scored with punches to end the round.
Makdessi landed a pair of left kicks to Watson's body to open the final round. Watson worked for a clinch and took several lefts before finally pinning Makdessi against the cage. Makdessi escaped though and when they separated Watson had a cut under his eye. Then Makdessi faked a kick and nailed Watson with a perfect spinning back fist for the knock out.
Makdessi is a Canadian fighter who built up a 7-0 record before joining the UFC. He debuted in the UFC at UFC 124 in Montreal, taking a UD over Pat Audinwood. He trains under Georges St Pierre's head coach Firas Zahabi.
Watson is a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He beat Sako Chivitchian via UD at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. Watson trains with Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler at the H.I.T. Squad.
More UFC 129 Results from Bloody Elbow:
- Georges St. Pierre Slips Past Jake Shields
- Jose Aldo Holds Off Mark Hominick
- Lyoto Machida Clouts Randy Couture
- Ben Henderson Whips Up On Mark Bocek
- Rory MacDonald Ragdolls Nate Diaz
- Ivan Menjivar Clocks Charlie Valencia
- Jason MacDonald Triangles Ryan Jensen
- John Makdessi KO's Kyle Watson With Spinning Back Fist
- Pablo Garza Submits Yves Jabouin