After an iffy run in the welterweight division, John Maguire will shed 15 pounds and try his hand at lightweight, accepting a bout with Canada's Mitch Clarke. Both fighters, however, are looking to steer out of two-fight skids and could be competing for their fight futures inside the Octagon in mid-June.
Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press today (March 12, 2013) confirmed the 155-pound bout, which is scheduled to take place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013.
Maguire, who split two wins and two losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight division, will test the 155-pound waters for the first time inside the Octagon. He's a jiu-jitsu specialist, which he demonstrated recently with an impressive arm bar finish of DaMarques Johnson at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
"The One" steps into this bout at UFC 161 on a two-fight losing streak and he could very well find himself on the unemployment line if it extends to three.
Clarke, a submission stylist in his own right, has had two fights in the promotion's lightweight division, but has dropped them both. His style has brought him six submissions in nine career professional victories, and his ground game remains a real threat despite the recent defeats.
Like Maguire, this may be Clarke's last chance in the UFC; therefore, expect him to be on his A-game here.
UFC 161 features an interim Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland in the main event of the evening. In the co-main event, Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira run back their Pride FC classic from 2005 in a 205-pound rematch.