Sunday, June 12, 2011

John Makdessi vs. Paul Taylor official for UFC on Versus 5 this August

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

An exciting lightweight bout between John Makdessi and Paul Taylor is the latest addition to the UFC on Versus 5 card this August.

The UFC has officially added the fight, which was previously reported by former reporter Tomas Rios, to the August 14 card, which will be the UFC's first ever event in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Taylor makes his 10th appearance in the Octagon in this fight, coming off a head kick knockout of Gabe Ruediger at UFC 126 in February. That win snapped a two fight losing streak, and brought Taylor's overall UFC record to 4-5 since making his debut four years ago.

Canadian lightweight Makdessi has been extremely impressive in his two UFC fights, displaying an excellent striking game in his debut against Pat Audinwood and then pulling off a great spinning back fist KO of Kyle Watson at UFC 129 in Toronto in April. The consecutive wins pushed his career record to a perfect 9-0.

UFC on Versus 5 comes to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, and is headlined by a welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle.

Penick's Analysis: This is a good lightweight fight, and another opportunity for Makdessi to showcase his very entertaining stand up game. Taylor's a tough opponent, and he's only been finished once in the UFC, but Makdessi should be the favorite entering this one. Though the main event is one of the weakest the UFC will put on this year for any card, with Hardy coming off of three consecutive losses, the card as a whole is looking pretty good, and it should be a good debut for the organization in Milwaukee.


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