Alan Patrick Headlines Preliminary Card For UFC 169

NEWARK, N.J. — While most eyes are on the UFC bantamweight and featherweight title fights at UFC 169, one emerging name headlines the preliminary card. Alan Patrick, who enters the weekend 11-0 in his career, will make his second appearance in the octagon for the UFC when he faces off against John Makdessi.

Winning in his UFC debut against Garrett Whiteley at UFC Fight Night in October, Patrick is a newcomer to the league and rising in a stacked lightweight division. Known for his jiu-jitsu, the Brazilian picked up a first round knockout that caught the attention of the UFC.

Should he pick up his second win in the UFC Saturday against Makdessi (12-2), Patrick could be looking at a potential fight against a ranked opponent next. Other fighters who have received their first big name opponent in the UFC recently include Tim Kennedy, Jimi Manuwa, and Kelvin Gastelum.

For Patrick to get a potential big name fight, he must first get past Makdessi, who currently holds a three-fight win streak. After stopping a two-fight losing streak to Sam Stout by decision, he picked up a second decision win over Daron Cruickshank, then earned a first round knockout over Renee Forte at UFC 165 in September. The Canadian has also defended 88 percent of takedown attempts against him, a key for his fight against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu Patrick.

Patrick and Makdessi headline the preliminary fight card for UFC 169 Saturday. Coverage for UFC 169 begins on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30pm ET with three fights, then the preliminary card with four fights beginning at 8pm ET on Fox Sports 1. The main card kicks off at 10pm ET, only on pay-per-view.



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