Makdessi (13-3) is a nine-fight UFC veteran. The Canadian has won four of his last five fights and is coming off first-round finish of Shane Campbell at UFC 186 on April 25.
Cerrone (27-6, 1 NC) is riding a seven-fight winning streak and is ranked third in the UFC’s 155-pound division. He’s coming off a razor-close decision win over former champion Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 59 in January.
UFC 187 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 23 and features two title fights. Top 205-pound contenders Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson fight for the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event. Middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman puts his belt on the line against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event.
Jon Jones was originally expected to defend his title against Johnson but was stripped of the belt and suspended indefinitely by the UFC after his alleged involvement in a felony hit-and-run in Albuquerque on April 26.