John Makdessi knows he’s the underdog when he steps inside the Octagon this Saturday night vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 187.
But for Makdessi, the fight presents all that he has worked for.
The 30-year-old has won four of his last five, including a recent first round finish over Shane Campbell to improve to 13-3. He’s topped Sam Stout, Daron Cruickshank and Renee Forte during his recent run, losing only via decision to Alan Patrick.
Makdessi will be stepping in for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Cerrone, who is possibly fighting to become the next contender to the lightweight title.
“This is like a dream come true,” Makdessi told Submission Radio during a recent interview. “I feel like I’m dreaming to be honest with you. I’ve been dreaming about this all my life to be on a big card, to be a part of a big event. This is what I’ve been working all my life for. I’m excited, I’m staying calm and focus on the task at hand.”
Despite taking the fight on short notice after besting Campbell late in April, Makdessi believes the timing of it all is perfect.
“I just finished off training camp, I’m already in top shape and I have a couple of days to rest my body,” he said. “I’m the type of fighter, I train all year long. I don’t believe in training camps so I’m consistently training.
“It’s actually the best thing that happened to me because that mentally keeps me sharp and gets me back to the grind and (to) stay focused and just keep doing what I do.”