UFC officials announced the new bout on Tuesday.
UFC 165 features Jon Jones putting his UFC light heavyweight championship on the line against Alexander Gustafsson.
Makdessi (11-2) enters the fight on a two-bout winning streak. He bounced back from the first two losses of his career to defeat Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank.
The Canadian now finds himself climbing back up the ladder of the 155-pound division. A third consecutive victory would likely put him in bouts against the division’s elite.
Forte (8-2) made his way to the Octagon as a middleweight on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. He didn’t make it far on the show, but made his promotional debut at UFC 153, losing to Sergio Moraes in a welterweight contest.
The Brazilian fighter bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Terry Etim at UFC on Fuel TV 7, which also marked Forte’s lightweight debut.