John Maguire picked up the second win of his UFC career tonight in Sweden after securing an armbar finish against DaMarques Johnson at UFC On Fuel TV 2.
Johnson starts of the round firing off some nice leg kicks, but it’s not long before Maguire swoops in and lands a takedown.
From his back Johnson immediately demonstrates his crafty ground game by forcing Maguire into the defensive as he threatens with a series of arm triangle and shoulder lock attempts, eventually forcing him to roll out before re-establishing top control.
Johnson continues to do a good job of working from his back and limiting Maguire’s opportunities to do anything particularly meaningful from top control, though the Brit does manages to advance his position from inside his guard to side control as the minutes tick by.
As the round comes to a close he attempts a guillotine choke, but doesn’t land it and the bell sounds with Maguire still on top.
Maguire starts off the second round by clattering Johnson with an overhand right and the fight hits the mat, though Johnson still has the presence of mind to pull off a reversal. Maguire then looks for a submission and Johnson backs off and up to his feet.
Johnson starts firing off some leg kicks and they seem to be paying dividends as Maguire is grimicing in pain. Up against the cage now Maguire gets some respite by securing a takedown.
He’s not going to get too much of a breather though as Johnson was quickly looking for a kimura submission. The Brit attempts to fend it off at first, but then sees the opportunity to counter it and seizes a hold of the limb, sweeps his leg over and falls back into an armbar which Johnson has no option but to tap too.
Good ground skills were on display from both men here, but it’s Maguire who gets the better of it in the end and that takes him to 2-0 in his UFC career so far.