This is where it all starts and ends for both of these fighters and the main reason why this fight could be one of the most exciting of the card and year.
Cruickshank showed every bit of his black belt in Tae Kwon Do in his last fight against Henry Martinez before knocking him out with a vicious head kick in the third round. Cruickshank is a beast at lightweight, and he has knockout power in both his legs and his hands with seven knockouts in his twelve professional wins. He is now 2-0 in the UFC.
Makdessi is a very slick and dangerous striker as well and has a unique style that is very hard to prepare for. He uses his footwork and angles to throw all kinds of changes and surprises at you, and his technical accuracy does not suffer much. Makdessi used a bit of a different strategy in his last win over Sam Stout, using counter jabs to take the win as Stout moved forward all fight long. Makdessi is 3-2 in the UFC
The biggest difference and advantage I see in the striking is in the reach department as Cruickshank has four inches on The Bull. Combine that with the power edge that Cruickshank has and Makdessi could take some damage in this one.