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UFC 154 Round-by-Round Review: Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi

A pair of Canadians do battle in the lightweight division next, as Sam Stout (18-7-1) tangles with John Makdessi (9-2). Marc-Andre Cote will be the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Stout tossing some big rights at Makdessi to start, as Makdessi answers with a side-kick to the body. Stout throws his own kick, misses with a right and nearly face-plants for his efforts. Body shot by Stout connects, as Makdessi answers with a jab. Side-kick again by Makdessi to the body of Stout. Stiff left lands by Stout to the chin. Makdessi continues to shift his style, and lands a nice left. Stout keeps trying to come charging in, but Makdessi has been able to avoid any serious damage. Another huge overhand right misses by Stout, who has thrown several of them - all missing by a mile. Stiff left jab lands by Makdessi, who has definitely been the more efficient striker. Counter by Makdessi courtesy of the jab.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 2: More of the same from both fighters early in the round, as Makdessi continues to utilize the jab and counter Stout's aggression. Stout comes in this time, grabs a leg and briefly takes Makdessi down to the mat. Both are back up, and Makdessi lands a quick left. Stout with a jab of his own. More counter-striking from Makdessi. Front-kick thrown, and missed, by Makdessi. Body shot by Stout as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 3: Stout seems more aggressive in the early stages of the final round, likely feeling he is down on the scorecards. Stout has eaten a lot of punches, but is still coming in and throwing his own at Makdessi. Several 1-2 combos from Stout, but he has been unable to land anything with much force behind it. Makdessi connects with a kick to the chin of Stout, who continues to walk forward, eating another stiff jab. Two minutes left, and Makdessi holds a plus-30 advantage in strikes landed. Solid kick thrown by Stout, but just a glancing blow. Stout lands a flurry of strikes, but still unable to really hurt Makdessi. Another low blow by Makdessi, but Stout shakes it off and wants to continue. Failed takedown attempt by Stout and the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

John Makdessi def. Sam Stout via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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