John Makdessi snapped out of a two-fight losing skid by defeating Sam Stout to close out 2012.

Now, he’ll look to secure a second straight victory when he meets Daron Cruickshank Saturday night at UFC 158.

Makdessi (10-2) started his UFC career with wins over Pat Audinwood and Kyle Watson, and recently talked with about his upcoming bout.

“Cruickshank comes in to fight and he is an aggressive fighter with a wrestling background and a Tae Kwon Do style,” Makdessi said. “At this level, I don’t really focus on my opponent too much, I just focus on how I fight my fight. It doesn’t matter what he brings, if my mind is right physically and mentally it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

He continued, saying, “To make it my fight, I need to just flow. I am a big believer in just letting your mind and body take over. Sometimes thinking too much slows you down in there, and I just need to go out there and let my body react to everything. Action/Reaction you know what I mean? We train everyday, repetition, to train our body and muscles to react to any scenario. Being prepared, being explosive, and being active are the keys.”

The 27-year-old Canadian will be one of several fighters from the country on the card, as Tristar Gym teammate Georges St-Pierre fights in the main event.