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John Makdessi undergoes successful jaw surgery

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

John Makdessi had successful surgery on his broken jaw Sunday in Las Vegas, his manager Hector Castro informed Makdessi broke his jaw late in the second round of his UFC 187 fight against Donald Cerrone on Saturday night. The injury forced him to verbally submit.

According to Castro, Makdessi's jaw broke in one place, which is actually good, however, he will now be forced to have his jaw wired shut for six weeks and stick to a liquid-only diet.

"John is very emotional right now," Castro said. "He is very upset with his performance. He wanted to put on a better show for the fans but will bounce back from the experience stronger."

In a Facebook post, Makdessi wrote about the injury and wondered out loud whether fighting at 155 pounds leaves him at a disadvantage.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White showered Makdessi with praise.

"Makdessi, I have so much respect for you," White told FOX Sports 1. "Thank you for taking that fight on short notice and thank you for fighting the fight that you fought."

Makdessi is hoping to fly home to Montreal Monday night.

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