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John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

Ross Pearson vs. John Makdessi

UFC: Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

John Makdessi and Ross Pearson fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

John Makdessi enters this fight with a 15-6 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Makdessi has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a December loss to Abel Trujillo. Makdessi is averaging 5.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.8 percent. Makdessi is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Makdessi is coming off an impressive decision victory in which he landed 57 strikes and produced a knockdown. Makdessi now looks for back-to-back victories for the first time since 2013. Makdessi is mainly a striker at heart, as he has a background in kickboxing and lands 92 percent of his strikes standing up. Makdessi has never produced a submission victory in his carer and six of his last nine wins have come by decision. As long as Makdessi can stay on his feet and use his athleticism and striking ability, you have to like his chances in this fight. Makdessi has fought most of his career in Canada, his current residence. 

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John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

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Ross Pearson enters this fight with a 22-14 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by decision. Pearson has lost four of his last five fights and is coming off a February win over Mizuto Hirota. Pearson is averaging 3.59 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.6 percent. Pearson is averaging 0.79 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.4 percent. Pearson was able to snap a four-fight losing streak by landing 59 strikes in a decision. Pearson now has a chance at back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012-13. Pearson has a little balance to his attack, as he has some wrestling skills to go with his boxing background. Pearson is most known for his power striking ability, but he has produced a knockout since his win over Sam Stout, which feels like ages ago. Pearson is always a strike away from ending things, and he has an impressive ground and pound if he can gain top position when a fight goes to the canvas. This will be Pearson’s first career fight in Canada. 

Consistency has been an issue for both of these guys, so it’s going to be interesting to see which version of each fighter you get. Pearson has more balance to his attack, but he’s been in awful form over the years and a win over an aging Hirota doesn’t move the needle much. Makdessi has been on the wrong side of some tough fights and has been able to sprinkle in enough positive results to provide optimism that things will turn around. Makdessi also has the raw striking power advantage in this fight, which is key in a bout between two guys who aren’t interested much in takedowns. 

I like the Canadian to get the job done here.

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