29-year old Brit John Maguire will be back for at least one more outing in the Octagon thanks to his decision to drop down to 155 pounds after a mediocre run at welterweight. Specifically, the king of “Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu” has signed to meet Mitch Clarke in Winnipeg, Manitoba at UFC 161.
Maguire holds an overall record of 18-5 but is only 2-2 under the UFC banner. Prior to suffering back-to-back losses in his last two tilts, “The One” had won seven in a row. Thirteen of his victories have featured some form of stoppage including ten by submission.
The 9-2 Clarke, who will be an in-arena favorite based on his Canadian roots, is also in serious need of success after dropping both of his UFC bouts. He too is well-versed on the mat with six tap-outs to his credit.
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