Undefeated Canadian lightweight John Makdessi will apparently dip his toes in the deeper end of the talent pool for his next fight after it was recently revealed he will face 50-14-2 Dennis Hallman at UFC 140 on December 10 in Toronto.
Hallman, whose choice of ring attire last month at UFC 133 was reminiscent of something a person might actually wear to go swimming, announced his decision to drop down to 170 pounds as well as the match-up through his Twitter page.
“Thank you for choosing me. I always wanted to visit Toronto. 155 here I come,” Hallman exclaimed through the popular social networking site.
The 35-year old veteran who made his Octagon debut more than a decade ago is coming off a loss in his last outing when Brian Ebersole pounded him out in the final minute of the bout’s opening round. However, Hallman has found his fair share of success in the Octagon as well with a record featuring past UFC wins over Karo Parisyan, Ben Saunders, and Matt Hughes.
Makdessi is probably best remembered for his insanely awesome Spinning Backfist knockout of Kyle Watson in April at UFC 129. He has won both of his fights in the UFC and is 9-0 overall with seven wins via strike-based stoppage.
The 155-pound affair joins a handful of other pairings already announced for UFC 140 including Ebersole vs. Rory MacDonald and Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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