First, in an all-Canadian lightweight bout, Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout returns to the octagon against John Makdessi. Second, Montreal resident Ivan Menjivar welcomes Azamat Gashimov to the UFC roster in a bantamweight affair.
Both bouts for the Nov. 17 fight card were confirmed by UFC officials.
Stout (18-7-1) last fought at UFC on FX 4 in July where he defeated Spencer Fisher to win the trilogy over his longtime rival. UFC 154 marks the fourteenth octagon appearance for Stout with the Ontario native earning a 7-6 record to date. Stout has fought to a decision in nine of his last ten bouts.
Makdessi (9-2) likely will be fighting for his UFC career at UFC 154 after suffering back-to-back losses. The 27-year-old opened his octagon career with consecutive wins but hit a number of setbacks. Makdessi has never been knocked out in his 11 fights as a professional.
Menjivar (24-9) was on the rise towards bantamweight title contention earlier this year, however was sent to the back of the line after a disappointing defeat to Mike Easton at UFC 148. The “Pride of El Salvador” came out of a four-year retirement in early 2010 and has gone 4-2 since returning to the sport. Menjivar fights in Canada for the second time in his UFC career at UFC 154.
Gashimov (7-1) has fought professionally since 2007 with all of his bouts taking place in Russia and the Ukraine. “Tough Guy” is a well rounded fighter who has finished opponents by both submission and knock out. Gashimov meets a top-ranked veteran in his first UFC fight and has the chance to make an immediate splash in the UFC at 135-pounds.
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit goes down Nov. 17 from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A welterweight championship unification match between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit headlines the event.