The UFC on FUEL TV 2: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" main card taking place today (Sat., April 14, 2012) at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, kept right on rolling with a welterweight war pitting DaMarques Johnson against John Maguire.
Johnson has been up and down throughout his career fighting inside the Octagon, having posted a 4-3 record. Not the case for Maguire, who has lost just three fights in his entire 20-fight career, including an impressive decision win over Justin Edwards in his UFC debut.
Make that two in a row inside the eight-sided cage.
That's because Maguire, a tough as nails Brit with a grappling game to watch for, used a kimura attempt from Johnson in the second round to jump a straight armbar to force a tapout. The win is nice but that "Submission of the Night" bonus that is surely coming will make it all the sweeter.
Johnson came out early and set the tone with an inside leg kick that rode a little too high. They continue anyway and it wasn't long before they were on the floor with Johnson attacking with repeated submissions.
He failed to finish any of them but the message was received.
Not to be outdone, Maguire made sure to score some points with a submission attempt of his own. The back and forth first round closed out with no clear indicator of who would take over in the later rounds.
The grappling display continued in the second stanza, as they quickly went to the floor and more submissions were thrown. Again, though, defensively, both men were on point.
They clinched along the cage with a few minutes to go in the round and Maguire scored the all important takedown. It was Johnson who was busy from the bottom, though, as he shot off short elbow after short elbow. He also grabbed Maguire's arm for a kimura but the Brit used it against him by stepping over and locking in a straight armbar that forced Johnson to tap.
Such sweet submission savvy.