MMAjunkie.com reported the news earlier today, learning of the change from sources close to the event.
A black belt in Shotokan Karate, Makdessi has dominated the vast majority of the fighters put in front of him with his dangerous striking pedigree. With a perfect record of 8-0, the Canadian has made his presence in the sport known with six technical knockout victories and two dominant decision wins. Most recently, Makdessi defeated Pat Audinwood at UFC 124 by unanimous decision in a fight that he dominated from the opening bell.
Watson, meanwhile, has taken a different path, taking his talents to “The Ultimate Fighter” in the most recent season to air on Spike TV. While he failed to advance to the finals, the submission fighter proved himself throughout the season, adding to his value with a unanimous decision victory over Sako Chivitchian in “The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale” this past December.
The bout will join the preliminary card of UFC 129, which is official for April 30 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The highly-anticipated event features a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and top contender Jake Shields.
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