John Makdessi vs. Diego Ferreira announced for the UFC 231 lineup in Toronto, Canada.
John “The Bull” Makdessi is the latest Canadian to join the ranks of UFC 231 in Toronto. Makdessi, 33, squares off with Carlos Diego Ferreira, also 33, with both fighters putting winning streaks on the line.
The Montreal resident is riding a two-fight win streak against name fighters Abel Trujillo and Ross Pearson. The Brazilian, meanwhile, returned from suspension with an emphatic first round TKO of Jared Gordon in February after collecting a unanimous decision win against Olivier Aubin-Mercier back in 2016.
Makdessi will enter the Octagon as the more experienced fighter. In 22 professional bouts, Makdessi has exchanged strikes with Donald Cerrone, Yancy Medeiros, Lando Vanatta, Daron Cruickshank, Dennis Hallman, and Sam Stout.
Make no mistake about it, though, Ferreira is no slouch. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has fought against Dustin Poirer, Beniel Dariush, and Ramsey Nijem in the past four years. Ferreira accepted a 17-month sanction for an anti-doping violation in late December.
UFC 231 is shaping up to be a barn-burner card. UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway defends his strap against top contender Brian Ortega in the main event. Elsewhere on the card, Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos rebook the encounter that was supposed to headline September’s Sao Paulo showdown. Eryk Anders, who most recently lost to Santos, finally gets the matchup he has asked for in Elias Theodorou. Also, former Strawweight title contender Claudia Gadelha meets Nina Ansaroff, the fiancee of bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
A UFC flyweight championship bout was scheduled between bantamweight title challenger Valentina Schevchenko and former strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. That bout was scrapped in favor of a heavily criticized fight flyweight title fight between Schevchenko and Sijara Eubanks.
UFC 231 takes place at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto on Dec. 8.