John Maguire admits that sometimes he needs to get hit to wake up and know he’s in a fight. This time at UFC on Fuel 2, he had to deal with DaMarques Johnson’s submission attempts for the alarm to sound, but the Brit who trains in his own art of ‘Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu’ adapted well.
Johnson went for an omo plata shoulder lock early in the first round, but after an intense scramble, Maguire worked his way out and the ground fight continued.
It was the second round where Maguire was able to see an opening and seize control for the finish. After another mad scramble on the ground, Johnson looked for a kimura.
It was shades of the first bout between Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes with Maguire knowing how to defend the submission perfectly, and countered with an armbar of his own.
“The kimura is normally my favorite move, so I knew the counter. So I was waiting and waiting till he over committed, and he did, and I cashed on it,” Maguire said.
Once the arm was extended it didn’t take long for Johnson to know he wasn’t getting out and he tapped Maguire’s leg to signify the end of the fight.
Maguire, who was sporting black shorts with a pink belt as a show of tribute to his childhood hero, former WWE champion Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, explained the finish as just another example of his ground fighting artistry.
“That Kenny, is Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu, that’s what I got, pink belt and all,” Maguire told UFC commentator Kenny Florian as he showed off his fight shorts that also featured a pink belt around them. “Check the belt out, pink belt, Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu cause that’s how I roll.”
Maguire may soon need to borrow one of his hero’s monikers as he could be called ‘The Excellence of Execution’ after two very impressive wins to start off his UFC career.
There’s no doubt if timing works out, Maguire might be a prime choice for the UFC’s return to his home country of England in September. As for who he faces, Maguire doesn’t care one bit at all.
“I’ll fight whoever,” said Maguire. “I don’t care.”