The revolving door of welterweights keeps swinging for the UFC 138 card in Birmingham, England on November 5th. Just a week after seeing his original opponent, Mark Scanlon, bow out due to injury, James Head has suffered an inury as well, and TUF alum, Justin Edwards will fight in his place against British newcomer John Maguire. The UFC announced the change today:
Today it was announced James Head was also forced to withdraw from UFC 138 due to injury; stepping in for him will be TUF 13's Justin Edwards, fresh off his UFC Fight Night win over Jorge Lopez in New Orleans.
Edwards was a heavy underdog (+300) against the highly-touted Jorge Lopez at UFC Fight Night 25 earlier this month, but "Fast Eddy" wasn't intimidated at all by the Wanderlei Silva protege, and instead, was in Lopez's face from start to finish, smothering Lopez on the feet and coming close with a few submissions on the ground, for a unanimous decision win. This was Edwards's first UFC victory, after dropping a close split decision to Clay Harvison at the TUF 14 Finale.
Justin "Fast Eddy" Edwards (7-1)
Win Jorge Lopez (unam. decision) - UFN 25
Loss Clay Harvison (split decision) - TUF 13 Finale
Win Marcus Aijan (submission - guillotine choke) - Queen City Meltdown
John "The Fighting Gypsy" Maguire (16-3)
Win Peter Irving (unam. decision) - UCMMA 23
Win Jamaine Facey (submission - kimura) - UCMMA 20
Win Dean Amasinger (submission - rear naked choke) - UCMMA 18