Quebec's own John Makdessi will compete on home turf for the second time in a row when he takes on Daron Cruickshank in a Ulimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight bout at UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Makdessi and Cruickshank have both proven capable of producing highlight reel finishes on the feet and this 155-pound battle has all the makings for a spectacular ending.
UFC Canada officials confirmed the match up via Twitter on Friday evening.
Makdessi (10-2) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Sam Stout at UFC 154 last November, the most notable victory of his 10-fight career. Prior to the victory over Stout, the Canadian was on a two-fight skid and arguably on the verge of a release from the UFC.
"The Bull" has won seven of his 10 fights by (T)KO, including a spinning back fist knockout of Kyle Watson at UFC 129.
Cruickshank (12-2) will enter UFC 158 on a high after scoring a devastating head kick knockout over Henry Martinez at UFC on FOX 5 last December. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 15 cast member is 2-0 since joining the UFC ranks; however, he has won six fights straight overall.
"The Detroit Superstar" has finished eight of his 12 opponents inside the distance and holds victories over TUF veterans Mike Ricci and Chris Tickle.
It is unknown at this time where Makdessi vs. Cruickshank will air on the UFC 158 fight card, which is expected to be broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV), FX and Facebook.
UFC 158: "St-Pierre vs. Diaz" goes down March 16 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A welterweight championship grudge match between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diazserves as the main event while crucial 170-pound contests of Carlso Condit vs. Rory MacDonaldand Johnny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger fill the undercard.