Canadian lightweight fighter John ‘The Bull’ Makdessi (10-2) will fight in his home Province of Quebec for a second straight bout when he takes on ‘The Detroit Superstar’ Daron Cruickshank (12-2) in Montreal at the upcoming UFC 158 pay-per-view event.
Officials with the Canadian office of the Ultimate Fighting Championship Tweeted (@UFC_CA) the news Friday night.
- The Bull is back! @JohnMakdessiMMA will step back into the Octagon vs The Detroit Superstar @Cruickshank155 in Montreal at #UFC158
UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz is expected to take place on March 16, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event features a welterweight title bout between defending champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz. The bout between Makdessi and Cruickshank is certain to appear on the nights prelim card.
Makdessi ended a two-fight losing streak in Montreal this past November at UFC 154 by winning a decision over fellow Canadian fighter Sam Stout. The last loss, a 158-lbs catchweight match due to ‘The Bull’ missing weight, was a decision loss to Anthony Njokuani at UFC 145. While the other loss, another catchweight fight but it was opponent Dennis Hallman who failed to make weight for the UFC 140 bout. Hallman would go on to win by first round submission.
Cruickshank, a member of Team Faber on The Ultimate Fighter Live, has gone 2-0 inside the Octagon so far and is riding a six fight win streak. He fought last month in Seattle at UFC on FOX 5 in a 158-lbs catchweight bout with Henry Martinez who missed weight. Cruickshank would finish things in the second round with a head kick, knocking Martinez out. His other Octagon win came at the TUF 15 Finale, a decision victory against fellow castmember Chris Tickle.