Round 1:: Watson comes out throwing a steady diet of kicks, but nothing landing too solid. Makdessi appears to want to counter fight and isn’t throwing much offense. Watson grabs for the clinch and catches a punch to the head for his trouble, but comes back with it again and looks to land knees. Makdessi throws a spinning back kick that looks to land, but Watson is okay. Back and forth action for the remainder of the round, with neither fighter landing much in the way of damaging offense.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 John Makdessi
Round 2: Exchanges on the feet bring the crowd alive a bit to start the 2nd round. Watson throwing head kicks, but not getting takedowns and appears to want to strike with Makdessi. Watson steps forward and Makdessi unloads two very nice overhand punches landing flush. Makdessi hitting good punches every time Watson gets aggressive.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 John Makdessi
Round 3: Watson gets the clinch early in the third round against the cage. Watson complains about Makdessi holding his gloves and as he walks away, Makdessi attacks and lands a big shot. Watson has a good cut under his left eye now. Makdessi throws a spinning back fist that absolutely floors Watson, knocking him completely out.
John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson by KO (spinning back fist) at 1:27, R3