UFC veteran Makdessi meets 22 year old Pinedo in a lightweight scrap. Makdessi last was seen decisioning Pearson in a fight in which he looked pretty good compared to recent times, while Pinedo bested Powell for his first UFC victory.
Makdessi has always been a standup fighter with some refined striking skills, including a well educated jab. However, he has been knocked out two times in recent fights, and he has looked washed. In his last fight he looked better, but must be taken into account it was against a shot fighter in Ross Pearson. He has sometimes faded in fights late also.
The Young Pinedo is a wild and unorthodox fighter. He is a huge lightweight though, and pushes the pace and moves forward a lot. He is dangerous and has some pop. He has some respectable ground skills, although he does not seem to favour them. He prefers to scrap on the feet using his reach and size advantage to get his share of strikes in while pressuring.
Oddsmakers have Makdessi as huge favourite here while Pinedo stands at (+275). I like the value on Pinedo here to cause the biggest upset on the card. It would be no surprise if Makdessi picks him apart on the feet, but I think Pinedo is going to eventually hurt him. The pick here is Pinedo to win by knockout.