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A lightweight bout featuring two of the UFC's most talented strikers should prove to be quite an exciting one, when John Makdessi meets Paul Taylor at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee on August 14th. Tomas Rios reports on Twitter that the bout has been verbally agreed to and is awaiting Taylor's signature to make it official:
Some news for you since you all put up with me, John Makdessi vs. Paul Taylor. UFC Live 5. Waiting on Taylor to sign off.
Both men are coming off highlight-reel KO wins, with Makdessi putting Kyle Watson away via spinning backfist at UFC 129, while Taylor put Gabe Ruediger to sleep with a head kick at UFC 126. Although it doesn't appear that this fight will make the Versus main card, it should be a front-runner to be aired via Facebook if the UFC decides to go that route with the prelims, as they have lately. Taylor is still seeking his first set of consecutive wins in the UFC, while Makdessi remains undefeated, but Taylor has certainly faced tougher competition in his UFC run (Chris Lytle, Sam Stout, John Hathaway, Marcus Davis).
John "The Bull" Makdessi (9-0)
Win Kyle Watson (KO - spinning backfist) - UFC 129
Win Pat Audinwood (unanimous decision) - UFC 124
Win Bendy Casimir (unanimous decision) - MFL 3
Paul "Relentless" Taylor (11-6-1)
Win Gabe Ruediger (KO - head kick) - UFC 126
Loss Sam Stout (split decision) - UFC 121
Loss John Hathaway (unanimous decision) - UFC 105