Facing one-time sparring partner aided by former coach, UFC 129’s Watson undeterred
Despite the growing popularity of mixed martial arts, the community
consisting of the sport’s top-level athletes remains a relatively small
It’s a lesson “The Ultimate Fighter 12” semifinalist Kyle Watson learned quickly when his bosses offered him a UFC 129
matchup with undefeated Canadian prospect John Makdessi.
Watson sparred with Makdessi at Montreal’s Tri-Star Gym during “The
Bull’s” pre-UFC days, but he admits he didn’t scrutinize the striker as a
potential future foe. Adding to the challenge? Makdessi’s teammate,
Georges St-Pierre, was Watson’s coach during his “TUF” run.