Makdessi vs. Stout, Menjivar vs. Gashimov added to UFC 154
Much more Canadian content has been added to UFC 154 in Montreal. Canada’s 2nd ranked Lightweight Sam Stout (18-7-1) will tangle with 4th ranked John Makdessi (9-2) in a potential fight of the night candidate. While Canada’s number 1 ranked Bantamweight Ivan Menjivar (24-9) will try to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Mike Easton when he meets Azamat Gashimov (7-1).
Stout, an Adrenaline Traning Centre product, most recently capped off his exciting trilogy with Spencer Fisher by earning a unanimous decision win over “The King” this past June. With having gone 5-2 in his last 7 outings in the UFC Stout will be looking to make it 2 in a row when he meets “The Bull”.
Makdessi, a member of Tristar Gym, entered the UFC as an undefeated prospect and continued the hype with back to back wins in the big show over Pat Audinwood and Kyle Watson. Having known the taste of success, John has recently had to deal with the bitterness of defeat as he is currently on a 2 fight skid suffering losses to Dennis Hallman and most recently Anthony Njokuani. Having not fought since April Makdessi will not only be looking for the win but also to shake off some ring rust.
“The Pride of El Salvador”, also a Tristar alumni, was on the cusp of a UFC title shot before dropping a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Mike Easton this past June. Prior to the Easton bout Menjivar had won 3 straight since entering the UFC but when Renan Barao was selected as Dominick Cruz’s replacement and not him, Menjivar didn’t seem to be in top form when he met Easton. Now centered and prepared for battle Menjivar will look to erase the memory of his most recent performance and show the Bantamweight division why he is considered a top contender.
Gashimov, a member of Red Fury Fight Team, will be making his UFC debut when he challenges Menjivar. Having fought exclusively in Russia between 2007 and 2009 where he amassed a record of 6-1, Gashimov took a 2 year sabbatical before returning in 2011 where he submitted his opponent in 52 seconds by arm bar. Over a year has passed since Gashimov last entered the cage but with 6 wins between the bells and only 1 decision “Tough Guy” should be a tough test for Menjivar.
UFC 154 goes down November 17th from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The event will be main evented by the return of Georges St. Pierre who will look to unify the UFC Welterweight titles when he meets the interim champion Carlos Condit.