A lightweight contest between Nigerian striker Anthony Njokuani and Canadian knockout artist John Makdessi has been added to the fight card of UFC 145. UFC officials confirmed the match-up on Thursday.
Njokuani (14-6), a longtime WEC veteran and four-time Zuffa "Fight Night" bonus winner, has largely fought to mixed results since transferring into the UFC. While the 31-year-old owns a win over Andre Winner to his credit, it's sandwiched between decision losses to Edson Barboza and Danny Castillo. Nicknamed "The Assassin," Njokuani has compiled eight wins via knockout in his nine-year career.
The 26-year-old Makdessi (9-1), on the other hand, hopes to rebound after being choked out by Dennis Hallman in three minutes at UFC 140 for his first professional loss. Prior to his setback, "The Bull" stormed through a nine-fight win streak, featuring seven knockout finishes and UFC victories over Pat Audinwood and Kyle Watson.
UFC 145 takes place March 24th, 2012 in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre. A headlining bout has not been announced.
UFC 145 fight card:
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
Heavyweight: Chad Griggs vs. Travis Browne
Heavyweight: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi
Featherweight: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Lightweight: Mark Bocek vs. Matt Wiman
Lightweight: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
Welterweight: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements