The UFC is adding some local talent to the upcoming Nottingham card. They have signed middleweight prospect Tom Watson and undefeated light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa for the card, and two rising British welterweight prospects will go to battle when John Maguire takes on John Hathaway. These additions will give some clear cut prospects to their divisions.
John Maguire taking on John Hathaway could give the welterweight division its’ brightest candidates since Dan Hardy challenged for the title. You may remember Maguire as the fighter who professes to be a practitioner of “gypsy jiu-jitsu.” John Hathaway proved himself to be a contender with wins over Rick Story and Diego Sanchez, but a loss to Mike Pyle set him back.
Tom Watson has shown to be an absolute beast in the middleweight division. After starting his career at 4-3, he has went 11-1 in his last 12 bouts and even retired Murilo Rua last year. In this fight, he takes on Brad Tavares, who is 3-1 in the organization. If Watson can look impressive against Tavares, he may have a bright future in the octagon.
Jimi Manuwa turned down a UFC contract last year, but the lure of fighting in England turned out to be the ticket for him to sign. He’s undefeated through his 11 fight career, and has also finished all of his opponents. In this first fight in the octagon, he will take on another undefeated prospect in Stanislav Nedkov who has only fought in the UFC once due to Visa and opponent issues.