Abel Trujillo on 'gimme fight' vs. John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26: 'It's going to be a fatality'

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You know that familiar “he’s a tough opponent, I respect his skills” type of talk? Well, you’re not going to hear it from Abel Trujillo here.

Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at next month’s UFC on FOX 26 looking to bounce back from a submission loss to James Vick.

The lightweight matchup between strikers has been years in the making. The two were originally set to meet at UFC 186 in 2015 before injury forced Trujillo out.

Safe to say, Trujillo is happy that it’s finally coming together.

“It’s a fight I wanted, and I like it a lot,” Trujillo told MMAjunkie Radio.

But perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Trujillo’s not particularly worried about how it will unfold.

“Listen, it’s a gimme fight,” Trujillo said. “It’s going to be a fatality. First round. Listen, I’m going to (expletive) this boy up. If he makes it out the first round, which I don’t see, then he’s out of there the second.”

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, headlined by a battle of ex-champs between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, airs on FOX. The preliminary card airs on FS1, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For both fighters, the meeting is a chance to get back on track. Like Trujillo, Makdessi was finished in his last outing – in this case, a knockout to Lando Vannata at UFC 206. Momentum, though, is different. While Trujillo’s last official loss before Vick came in 2014, to interim champion Tony Ferguson, Makdessi’s last win, over Mehdi Baghdad, was the only triumph in his four most recent fights.

The upcoming meeting at Makdessi’s native Canada also means Trujillo’s first foray overseas since a UFC Fight Night 77 clash with Gleison Tibau back in 2015 – which involved a trip to Brazil. The result, originally a submission win to the Brazilian, was overturned to a disqualification in Trujillo’s favor after Tibau failed a drug test.

If you ask Trujillo, he’ll tell you he would prefer to stay in the U.S. But, as his career progresses, he understands that occasionally venturing into hostile territory is part of the package.

In any case, where they are won’t matter when the cage door closes.

“He likes to pressure,” Trujillo said. “He likes to go forward. But one thing I know is he doesn’t like to be pressured. He doesn’t like being bullied. He likes to be the bully. I’m just going to go ahead and change that script real quick as soon as the bell rings.”

To hear from Trujillo, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise among additions to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

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With the main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg now set, the card below it continues to build.

The UFC announced a welterweight headliner between former champion Robbie Lawler and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos today for UFC on FOX 26, and three new bouts will join the undercard, as well.

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Chad Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at welterweight; John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take on Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at lightweight; and Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) fights Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout. The promotion announced the new bookings today.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Bofando will be looking to build on his sensational promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 113 in July. In Scotland, he slammed Charlie Ward in a big way, which led to a first-round knockout. The fight was the first for England’s Bofando in two and a half years.

Chad Laprise

Laprise has won back-to-back fights, both by TKO, after consecutive losses to Francisco Trinaldo and Ross Pearson, which were his first two setbacks as a pro after a 10-0 start. That perfect start included a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier to take the “TUF: Nations” crown. In August 2016, he stopped Thibault Gouti in the first round. After a lengthy layoff, he moved back to welterweight in July and stopped Brian Camozzi at UFC 213.

Makdessi will be looking to get back in the win column after a knockout loss to Lando Vannata at UFC 206 this past December. He’ll be fighting for the first time in a year and has losses in three of his past four fights.

Abel Trujillo

Trujillo needs to get back on track, as well. After a three-fight winning streak, Trujillo was submitted by James Vick at UFC Fight Night 104 in February in Vick’s home state of Texas. That was Trujillo’s first loss since a December 2014 setback to new interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.

Taleb has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights, but got back on track in May in Sweden with a unanimous decision over Oliver Enkamp. That helped erase the memory of a decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in Canada in February.

Aliev will be looking for his second straight win, as well. After a UFC debut loss to Kenny Robertson in Sweden in January 2015, he was sidelined for nearly two years before returning in December 2016 for a split-decision win over Bojan Velickovic. His fight with Taleb will be his first in a year.

With the additions, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi scratched from UFC 214; both fighters injured

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The planned lightweight bout between Sage Northcutt and John Makdessi has been scratched from UFC 214 later this month.

UFC officials today announced the removal of the contest, citing injuries to both Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC).

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass

The fight would’ve Northcutt’s return to the lightweight division after he suffered a submission loss to Mickey Gall in a welterweight contest at UFC on FOX 22 in December. He was originally supposed to fight Claudio Puelles at the event, but Puelles withdrew just over a month out.

UFC officials say the UFC 214 lineup will proceed with 12 scheduled fights.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tonya Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Makdessi steps in to fight Sage Northcutt at UFC 214 after Claudio Puelles pulls out

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UFC officials today announced a shuffle to UFC 214’s fight card that will pair Sage Northcutt against veteran John Makdessi in a lightweight bout.

Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) previously was scheduled to face Claudio Puelles (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event, which takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The bout order for UFC 214 has not been set, but main card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Northcutt is looking to rebound in the UFC at 155 pounds after a second-round submission loss to welterweight Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22, which left him with a 3-2 octagon record. The heavily hyped youngster is reportedly joining Team Alpha Male to prepare for fights after stints at Tristar and ATT Evolution.

In Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC), Northcutt faces the most experienced octagon competitor of his career. Makdessi has 13 UFC fights on his resume and wins over seasoned foes, including Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank. Most recently, he’s hit a slide, losing three of four in his most recent appearances.

Despite that skid, a win over Makdessi would be a significant accomplishment. And for Makdessi, who was calling out every possible opponent for a return fight, a bump in stature would do well for his career.

The latest UFC 214 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Megan Anderson – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA
  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie