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Hallman vs. Makdessi Penciled in for UFC 140 in Toronto

Well it looks like Dennis Hallman‘s wardrobe malfunction at UFC 133 won’t cost him his job with the UFC.

“Superman” Tweeted last night that he will be dropping back down to lightweight for the first time in 10 years to take on undefeated Canadian prospect John Makdessi at UFC 140 in December in Toronto.

A true moneyweight fighter, Hallman who is 50-12-1 (1 NC) in 64 professional fights as a light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight and lightweight, defeated Matt Hughes at 155 at UFC 23, earning him a shot at then-lightweight champ Jens Pulver at UFC 33, but fell short, losing to “Lil’ Evil” by unanimous decision. That was his last fight at 155.

In spite of a 2-1 record in the Octagon this time around, including wins over Karo Parisyan and Ben Saunders, Hallman found himself on thin ice with the promotion’s president Dana White after facing Brian Ebersole at UFC 133 wearing a Speedo. Ebersole, who made quick work of his veteran opponent, was awarded an unprecedented $70,000 bonus from White for saving the TV audience any further disgust by having them subjected to Hallman’s banana hammock any longer than necessary. White later remarked during the post-fight press conference that he wasn’t sure whether or not Hallman would fight again after “Speedogate.”

In spite of his experience, Makdessi (9-0) will be a tough test for Hallman. The former kickboxing standout who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised for most of his childhood in his parent’s homeland of Lebanon before returning to Canada where his family settled in Montreal, has not only never lost in MMA, he went a perfect 22-0 in kickboxing prior to making the jump to the cage. After controlling Pat Audinwood en route to a unanimous decision win in his UFC debut at UFC 124 last December, “The Bull” was the odds-on favorite of everyone, (including White who tweeted that Makdessi would likely get the bonus check) to win “Knockout of the Night” honors for his spinning-back-fist KO of Kyle Watson at UFC 129 this past April until Lyoto Machida crane-kicked Randy Couture into retirement later in the night.

The card’s headliner has yet to be determined, but a handful of match-ups have been reported for the event including Frank Mir versus Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Rory MacDonald versus Brian Ebersole, Rich Attonito versus Claude Patrick and John Cholish versus Mitch Clarke. Mark Hominick is also penciled in for the event, possibly against “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung.


UFC 140
December 10, 2011
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Frank Mir vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Mark Hominick vs. Jung Chan-Sung
Rory MacDonald vs. Brian Ebersole
John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman
Rich Attonito vs. Claude Patrick
John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke

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Todd M- September 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm
This card looks weak as shit to me
Pen Fifteen- September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Hallman by penis-in-the-throat choke.
SnackDaddy- September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm
This card is shaping up nicely. Talking about the cluster fuck happening at the 155 pound division, i'd like to see people talking about Dos Anjos as a future contender as well. I'd like to see him get a fight against one of the top guys, maybe Pettis or Miller as they aren't booked right now. He's right up there, i'm telling ya.
Fried Taco- September 9, 2011 at 11:36 am
Word is Hallman is planning on wearing see-through fight shorts this time.
magicman831- September 9, 2011 at 11:31 am
Barboza vs makdessi........sounds like fight of the decade
KidDinomite- September 9, 2011 at 11:21 am
Yeah that fake roundhouse to spinning back fist he landed in Montreal was fucking awesome!!! I love Lyoto Machida but Makdessi should have gotten KO of the night for that fight. I think if Makdessi wins in incredible fashion, he'll definitely be a breakout star at lightweight and in the mix as DW likes to say. I say if he wins, a classic battle between Makdessi and Edson Barboza should be put together by Joe Silva.
dim mak- September 9, 2011 at 10:58 am
Looks like some of the better fights are at the bottom of that card. I love watching Makdessi fight.