Undefeated lightweight contender John Makdessi (9-0) was forced to pull from his next fight against British fighter Paul Taylor (11-6-1) with an undisclosed injury. Makdessi was penciled in to fight Taylor during UFC on Versus 5 which had Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle headlining the event on August 14 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Makdessi recently kept his perfect record in intact with a vicious spinning-backfist knockout of Kyle Watson at the record-breaking UFC 129 event. The Tristar Gym-trained fighter, who set up the shot with an impressive striking display throughout the fight, made his UFC debut a bout earlier and scored a decision victory over Pat Audinwood. Seven of Makdessi’s nine wins now have come via knockout.
Taylor, a former welterweight, had looked for his second win in three fights as a lightweight. After opening his UFC career with a 3-4 mark, he dropped to lightweight and suffered a controversial split-decision loss to Sam Stout at UFC 121. However, he rebounded earlier this year at UFC 126 with a head-kick knockout of Gabe Ruediger.
The Makdessi vs. Taylor bout had been planned for the evening’s un-aired preliminary card. No replacement has been announced at this time.