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John Maguire To Face Matt Riddle At UFC 154

Maguire will look to rebound from his first loss in the UFC when he meets Riddle in Montreal.


Nobody was more disappointed than John Maguire when he sustained the first loss of his UFC career at the hands of fellow Brit John Hathaway. Instead of sitting by the sidelines and feeling sorry for himself, however, Maguire has taken an opportunity to step up to the plate and fight at UFC 154.

"The One" will square off against American Matt Riddle, with Besam Yousef forced out due to injury.

Yousef was originally slated to face Stephen Thompson, and Riddle took his place following a knee injury. Now the Assyrian Swede is the one forced to withdraw, and we're left to no remnants of the original matchup.

Maguire stormed onto the UFC welterweight scene with back-to-back wins using his 'Gypsy Jiu Jitsu', overcoming a knockdown to beat Justin Edwards by decision and then submitting Damarques Johnson with a slick armbar.

He admitted feeling like he never kicked into gear against the more experienced UFC man John Hathaway at UFC On Fuel 5 in September. He'll now be out with a lot to prove this time around against Riddle.

The American has been in the MMA news a lot recently due to his suspension for marijuana, and the subsequent overturning of his 'submission of the night' win over Chris Clements. It kicked off a two-fight streak for Riddle, who'll now have to start from scratch.

With all ten of his professional fights taking place in the UFC, he has posted a 6-3 (1NC) record with the promotion following a stint on The Ultimate Fighter.

Riddle hasn't exactly made friends with UK fans and fighters, causing a stir when he lost to Nick Osipczak in Manchester and later calling out Dan Hardy to get his vengeance on 'butter toothed Brits'. Hardy dismissed a bout with Riddle, but he can now face off against fellow Englishman Maguire.

It should be an exciting matchup set for the undercard of UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit, which takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, November 17th.

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