Makdessi (11-2) has won his last two fights over Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank respectively. His highlight-reel KO was a 3rd round spinning backfist win over Kyle Watson at UFC 129 in Toronto. These last two performances have eased the pressure off of him after he lost consecutive matches against Anthony Njokuani and Dennis Hallman.
Barboza (11-1) was thought to be a possible contender in the
shank tark shark tank known as the lightweight division, and at UFC 142 he provided one of the best knockouts in UFC history with his spinning wheel kick against Terry Etim. His fortunes took a drastic turn for the worse at UFC 146 when he lost to short-notice replacement Jamie Varner by 1st round TKO. Barboza returned to action at UFC on FX 7 in Brazil, stopping Lucas Martins with punches to the point where Martins tapped out.
UFC 162 is headlined by Anderson Silva's middleweight title defense against Chris Weidman, but the lighter weight classes may steal the show with fights like Cub Swanson/Dennis Siver, Ricardo Lamas/Chan Sung Jung, Frankie Edgar/Charles Oliveira, and now Makdessi/Barboza.