UFC lightweight John Makdessi signs new four-fight contract ahead of July showdown with Edson Barboza

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Canadian UFC lightweight John Makdessi has re-upped his contract with the UFC for four more fights ahead of his UFC 162 clash with Edson Barboza this July.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight John Makdessi has gathered some strong momentum at 155-pounds in the form of a two-fight win-streak, and now his hard work is starting to pay off as his employers have rewarded "The Bull" with a new four-fight contract.

Rob Tatum of The MMA Corner first passed along news of Makdessi's new deal on Thursday (April 18, 2013).

Makdessi (11-2) was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 158 in March where he defeated Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision after a sensational three-round striking battle. The victory improved Makdessi's UFC record to 4-2 overall and set him up for a July 4th weekend battle with Brazilian behemoth Edson Barboza at UFC 162.

The match up will undoubtedly be an explosive battle between two talented strikers and will test exactly where the Canadian stands in the lightweight division.

After a two-fight losing streak in late 2011 and early 2012, Makdessi's confidence was at a low and he was contemplating whether or not he was worthy of competing among the top fighters on the planet. Now riding high off convincing wins over longtime UFC veteran Sam Stout and Crucikshank in back-to-back fights, the 27-year-old should have no doubts regarding his skills being UFC caliber or not.

While UFC contract extensions are a fairly redundant piece of news these days, the fact the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization is rewarding Makdessi with a new contract after he feared a release roughly a year ago shows how far he has come.

UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" goes down July 6, 2013, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event of the evening will see UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva put his belt on the line for the 10th time against undefeated Chris Weidman.

For more news and notes on UFC 162, check out our event archive here.

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