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UFC On Fuel TV: John Hathaway Vs. John Maguire

John Hathaway vs. John Maguire

Our first – and only – all-England fight is up next, as welterweights John Hathaway (16-1) and John Maguire (18-3) duke it out. The referee will be Marc Goddard.

Round 1: These two Brits have won eight of nine UFC fights between them, including six from Hathaway. Hathaway controlling the Octagon early, kicking and striking well. Head-kick just misses by Hathaway. Hathaway using his reach advantage to keep Maguire at bay. Inside right kick by Hathaway connects, and he moves forward with a quick flurry. Another rapid-fire flurry from Hathaway, but Maguire lands a big left for his first strong attack of the bout two minutes in. Head-kick again just misses by Hathaway, who followed in and lands a pair of nice strikes. Both fighters appear hesitant to really mix it up, instead focusing on quick strikes. Hathaway with a trip takedown but is unable to follow up. Straight right jab lands by Hathaway. Maguire avoids an uppercut and lands, hurting Hathaway. Maguire goes for a double-leg takedown, but Hathaway counters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hathaway

Round 2: Hathaway right back to controlling the Octagon, cutting Maguire off. Big overhand left misses by Hathaway. Head-kick connects by Hathaway, as he follows up and goes for the takedown. Hathaway powers Maguire to the ground and into half-guard. Hathaway re-positions himself, avoiding a triangle submission attempt by Maguire. Big elbow connects by Hathaway. Not doing a lot of damage is Hathaway on the ground, but enough to remain active and stay in this position. Big left slips by defense of Maguire, and Hathaway works the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hathaway

Round 3: Hathaway cuts off the cage and goes on the attack, landing a big knee. Maguire hesitant to attack because of the knees that Hathaway has landed throughout the first 10 minutes. Quick flurry, as Maguire gets a right past the block attempt of Hathaway. Straight right by Hathaway lands. Solid knee-strike combo from Hathaway, as Maguire throws a right that doesn’t do much damage. Kick to the head is followed up by a sharp right from Hathaway. Two minutes to go, as Maguire needs a finish in this one, and knows it. Maguire gets the takedown with 90 seconds to go, and works to side control. Maguire knows he needs a submission from here, going to work on the left arm. Hathaway landing elbows to the head to keep Maguire from locking anything up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hathaway

John Hathaway def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)