UFC 145 Round-by-Round Review: Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi


Round 1: Immediately the two flashy strikers are trading unorthodox kicks. Makdessi is taking the center and walking Njokuani down, but Njokuani is working the outside well, firing off hard leg kicks as Makdessi advances. Makdessi catches Njokuani with a left hook as he moves in with a knee. Makdessi beckons Njokuani to the center. Njokuani wobbles Makdessi with a hook; Makdessi fighting through it well and manages to defend himself as Makdessi comes after him. Njokuani with a pair of left body kicks. As the third round closes, Njokuani is starting to take a slight lead, landing more effectively.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Njokuani

Round 2: Measured striking to start the round, Makdessi scoring with the front leg side kick. Leg kicks for Njokuani. Njokuani catches a front kick and throws the cut kick, but doesn't knock Makdessi down. Makdessi's front leg showing a clear welt from Njokuani's leg kicks. Makdessi cutting loose, tossing out a bevy of flashy kicks that most miss. Njokuani with a solid uppercut from the pocket. The crowd is growing restless as the technical striking battle is waged. Njokuani catches the leg again and runs Makdessi across the cage. They trade punches before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Njokuani

Round 3: Njokuani destroying Makdessi's left leg with kicks. Makdessi starting to find his range some, but Njokuani still controlling the fight from the outside. Body kick for Njokuani, followed by a right hand. A hook kick lands to the face for Makdessi. Njokuani sticks a hard right in between two solid body kicks. Njokuani starting to pick Makdessi apart, landing straight punches. Makdessi with a kick to the midsection. Fifteen seconds to go and Makdessi is pushing the pace, Njokuani keeps away from him until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Njokuani

Anthony Njokuani defeated John Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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