UFC 158: What We Learned from John Makdessi vs. Daron Cruickshank

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IIMarch 16, 2013

Mar 16, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN;  John Makdessi (red gloves) lands a head shot on Daron Cruickshank (blue gloves) during the preliminary round bout at UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Strikers John Makdessi and Daron Cruickshank may not have the kind of name value as their UFC 158 counterparts, but they know how to generate spectacular knockouts when they step inside the Octagon.

Cruickshank was hot on the heels of a stellar head-kick knockout of Henry Martinez last December. It was his second win in as many UFC appearances.

Meanwhile, Makdessi scored the biggest win of his career with a November victory over lightweight standout Sam Stout. The win snapped a two-fight skid that had "The Bull" on the cusp of being released.

After three rounds of action, John Makdessi took a unanimous decision victory over the TUF: Live alumnus.


What we'll remember about this fight 

The progressive dominance of Makdessi in this contest. Although the bout started as a close affair, "The Bull" was able to time Cruickshank's attacks and start unleashing combos in rapid succession. 

In the third round, Makdessi outlanded his opponent nearly 3-to-1 and left Cruickshank looking like he didn't deserve to share the cage.


What we learned about John Makdessi

That his chin is no joke. Between a head kick in round one and a wicked right hook in round three, Makdessi didn't even flinch in the face of danger.


What we learned about Daron Cruickshank

That in tough situations, his attacks become telegraphed. Takedowns were sloppy and wheel kicks were obvious before Cruickshank even began to spin.


What's next for John Makdessi?

This is a good victory for Makdessi and gives him a bit more momentum to follow up his victory over Stout. As long as Joe Silva keeps him in the cage with a fellow striker, fireworks are sure to come.

Makdessi should be named as the next opponent for Edson Barboza, who quickly won a scrap in January.


What's next for Daron Cruickshank?

After being outclassed, Cruickshank is in need of a big step back in terms of competition. Perhaps a fight with Chute Boxe fighter Lucas Martins is in order.