The latter half of 2012 has not been kind to British fighter John Maguire and after losing to Matt Riddle at UFC 154, he has decided to move back up to middleweight.
Maguire, who has been fighting at welterweight since February 2012, was handed his second defeat at 170-pounds, after the referees awarded the fight to Riddle.
Prior to the fight with Riddle, he was defeated by John Hathaway in September, also by way of decision. After Riddle’s opponent Besam Yousef pulled out of the fight due to injury, Maguire stepped up to face Riddle.
Before his two losses, Maguire was 8-1 at welterweight and captured both the UCMMA and OMMAC welterweight belts prior to signing with the UFC.
Maguire announced his return to 185-pounds via Twitter Nov. 18. Former opponent and BAMMA Middleweight champion Tom Watson, who lost his UFC debut to Brad Tavares by split-decision in September, asked Maguire about dropping to 155-pounds. Maguire assured his former rival that he was moving back to middleweight and then tweeted,” I want my rematch!”
From 2006 to 2010, Maguire had gone 10-2 with nine of his wins being finishes. In his last fight at middleweight, he scored a split-decision victory over Edgelson Lua.
While it seems typical that fighters move up and down in weight after a two, three or four-fight losing streak, going back to middleweight maybe the best plan for Maguire, but, he will have to step up his game in order to keep up with the division’s top contenders, not to mention middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
As for a rematch against Watson, he just might get it. With Maguire on a two-fight losing streak and Watson losing his debut, UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva may be intrigued by the idea of a Maguire vs. Watson rematch.
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