Lightweight John Makdessi has made a name for himself in recent years as a strong-jawed slugger who likes to mix in spinning techniques. Though most folks might be picking him to beat Renee Forte based on reputation alone, discounting the Brazilian’s ability to earn victory is a mistake. He’s more technical with his stand-up and slicker on the ground. If Forte is able to score a takedown or two, don’t be surprised if he’s left standing when the judges’ scorecards are read.
As has been said countless times on this site, one of the most beautiful aspects of Mixed Martial Arts as a sport involves the inherent unpredictability of fighting. All it takes is one punch, a split-second mistake on the ground, or an untimely injury to turn an underdog into a winner or even champion. UFC 165 isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule, and though it’s impossible to know exactly who will be left standing when the smoke clears on September 21, there’s no doubt a few upsets are on the horizon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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