In the second televised bout of the preliminary card of UFC 145, Anthony Njokuani scored a unanimous decision victory over John Makdessi. The catchweight bout (Makdessi weighed in at 158 pounds and forfeited 20% of his purse to Njokuani) was expected to be an elite striking battle, but fell a little flat. Njokuani controlled the fight and all three judges has it at 30-27 for the former WEC fighter.
Njokuani wobbled Makdessi in the first round with a left hook, but that was the only truly damaging strike of the fight. Makdessi couldn't find his range at all, while Njokuani was a little better with his more traditional strikes. He landed many kicks to the body and legs, and played a solid outside game to get the W. I can't even come up with much else to describe it, that's how flat the fight was.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Probably the left hook that stumbled Makdessi back. Or Makdessi inviting Njokuani to step up and fight after he thought that Anthony was running away a little too much.
Where do these guys go from here?
Njokauni improved to 2-2 in the UFC, but it wasn't really an emphatic victory. He's one of the best strikers in the division, so he'll definitely be in the UFC's plans going forward as an undercard fighter. Maybe a matchup against the winner of the Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher bout at UFC on FX 4 would be a good fight for "The Assassin".
Makdessi has now dropped two in a row, and missing weight for this bout when he ripped Dennis Hallman for doing the same thing in their bout certainly isn't going to help his case. He's definitely taken a step back. A bout with Yves Edwards (if he's healthy relatively soon) seems like a logical matchup.
Watch it now, later or never?
Later. It was pretty disappointing overall. It's another one that might lean toward the "never" category.