It seems like just yesterday that everyone was talking about John Hathaway being the next big thing in the welterweight division, but with new comers like Erick Silva and Rory MacDonald – his name has been practically forgotten. That does not mean he is still not a contender, he will just have to beat a rising star to earn that notoriety back. John Maguire has had a lot of criticism thrown his way. Including suggestions that he may be ‘over-hyped.’ A win over Hathaway would surely put to rest those type of comments. Time will tell who can still retain their contender and prospect status, and move up to a full fledged threat.
Hathaway’s record stands at 6-1 in the UFC , 14-1 overall, and is on a two fight win streak. Plus, do not think those wins are over nobody with John having taken out Diego Sanchez, Rick Story, and Kris McCray. For some reason the UFC is not ready to give him a top tier fighter, but they may have to do with his falter to Mike Pyle. The problem is beyond that loss, he has been nothing but flawless. He may have to pull a Jon Fitch, and continue to beat opponents until he is recognized. A win over Maguire will give him the ability to call out a tougher fighter.
John Maguire is an ultra tough fighter. When your peers create a new fight style of you called the ‘gypsy jiu jitsu,’ you know you’re not an average fighter. He does have a phenomenal ground game as evident with his ten submission wins out of a career 18. Maguire will be facing the toughest test of his career since facing Tom Watson, who he lost to. He may prove everyone wrong in this fight, but he has a lot to prove here.
The Bottom Line:
Hathaway has proven he has the overall game to be a contender, and Maguire is nothing but another bump in the road. This is one he should pass with relative ease. Look for an unanimous decision win for Hathaway.