UFC 138 Play-by-Play: John Maguire vs. Justin Edwards

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John Maguire vs. Justin Edwards

Round 1: Edwards, in the first 20 seconds, lands a couple low blows and gets warned that another will be a 1-point deduction. Edwards lands a spinning back kick to the body, solid, then follows with a flurry of punches that puts Maguire on his back. Edwards follows him down and keeps the pressure on, blasting punches, then going for a guillotine choke. Maguire eventually escapes, landing in Edwards’ full guard, dropping punches. Edwards scrambles to his feet, back against the fence in a clinch. They exchange knees before Maguire gets Edwards to the mat. They’re quickly back on their feet, Maguire with a headlock on Edwards, landing a few knees to the head. Edwards turns the action, blasting Maguire with a couple hard punches, but Maguire takes Edwards’ back and drags him to the ground. Edwards gets up, but they clinch and hit the mat and then return to their feet quickly. Maguire presses Edwards to the fence, but Edwards locks on a guillotine and drags Maguire to the floor. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Edwards

Round 2: The round starts off a little slow, both fighters a more measured in their attacks, neither gaining an immediate upper hand. Maguire lands a couple solid inside leg kicks before Edward presses him to the fence. Maguire takes Edwards’ back while standing, then tosses him to the mat, maintaining his back on the ground, locking on a body triangle. Searching for a rear naked choke, Maguire peppers Edwards with punches, trying to open him up for the choke. He slips to an armbar attempt, but can’t sink it before the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Maguire

Round 3: Maguire gets his jab going, but Edwards is headhunting. Edwards misses with the spinning back kick and Maguire shots and scores the takedown. Edwards goes for a heel hook, but can’t secure it. Maguire goes for a kneebar, but can’t lock it out, and they return to their feet. Maguire locks up Edwards’ head and drives a few knees to his skull before Edwards puts a hand down to stop the attacks. Edwards reverses positions and ties up Maguire’s head, dragging him to the mat, but Maguire reverses position and takes side control. He moves to full mount, then to back mount, again locking on the body triangle. Maguire again peppers Edwards with punches, trying to open him up for the choke. Maguire loses the body triangle, but maintains Edwards’ back. Edwards keeps spinning, finally escaping into Maguire’s full guard, but Maguire quickly takes position back, attempting a guillotine just before the horn sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Maguire.

John Maguire def. Justin Edwards by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

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