UFC 145 Fight Card Primer: John Makdessi Vs. Anthony Njokuani

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Karate/Taekowndo vs. Muay Thai. Both of these guys are known for their excellent skills on the feet, and this lightweight UFC 145 bout should be full of fireworks.John Makdessi (9-1, 2-1 UFC) meets Anthony Njokauni (14-6. 1 NC, 1-2 UFC). Makdessi came in two pounds over the lightweight limit and will forfeit 20% of his purse to Njokuani.

Neither fighter is currently ranked at lightweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, and this bout isn't going to change that. Still though, either guy has the ability to put together a solid win streak and they could grace the rankings one day in the near future. This lightweight UFC 145 bout is the fourth fight on the preliminary card and second of the televised portion of the vent, and will air live on FX. The FX broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Makdessi: 26 years old | 5'8" | 68" reach
Njokuani: 32 years old | 6'1" | 75.5" reach

What have these two done recently?

Makdessi: L - Dennis Hallman (SUB) | W - Kyle Watson (KO) | W - Pat Audinwood (UD)
Njokuani: L - Danny Castillo (SD) | W - Andre Winner (UD) | L - Edson Barboza (UD)

How did these two get here?

John "The Bull" Makdessi started out on the Canadian circuit and picked up seven straight wins before earning an invitation to the UFC. He defeated Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood by decision at UFC 124, then picked up one of the knockouts of the year at UFC 129 when he clocked Kyle Watson with a spinning backfist in the third round. He came back at UFC 140, but was submitted by wily veteran Dennis Hallman. He'll look to rebound from the first loss of his career with a win over the rangy Njokuani.

Anthony "The African Assassin" Njokuani was a longtime member of the WEC lightweight division, where he went 4-3 and picked up three knockout of the night bonuses in his two-year tenure. He came over to the UFC in the merger and met fellow striker Edson Barboza at UFC 128. He lost by unanimous decision, but picked up a fight of the night bonus. Njokuani rebounded from the loss with a unanimous decision over Andre Winner, but dropped a close split-decision to Danny Castillo at UFC 141. He'll look even his UFC record with a win here.

Why should you care?

This has the potential to win the fight of the night bonus. Both of these guys are perfectly willing to stand and trade, and it should be fun.

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