John Maguire relied on his grappling against DaMarques Johnson, and it eventually came through for him. Maguire countered a Johnson kimura attempt with an impressive reversal into an armbar, and quickly got the tap at 4:40 of the second round in the second main card bout at UFC on Fuel 2. After the bout, Maguire credited the finish to his pink belt in Gypsy jiu-jitsu.
Johnson opened the bout with three straight leg kicks, but Maguire responded by grabbing a leg and dumping Johnson onto the mat. Johnson went for a triangle, but switched it up to an omoplata. It looked locked in, but Maguire popped out. Johnson then attempted a straight armbar, but Maguire calmly got out and maintained top position. Maguire tried hard to pass Johnson's guard, but Johnson steadily landed strikes from the bottom and defended well. Maguire persevered though, and moved to side control. Maguire tried to strike a bit and left Johnson some space, but when Johnson tried to pop out Maguire took his back and sunk in his hooks before the final horn.
The two fighters stared at each other for a few seconds to start the second round, then Maguire faked a takedown and landed a big looping right. He then stepped up and took Johnson to the ground, but Johnson quickly reversed and worked in Maguire's full guard. Maguire set up a triangle, but Johnson evaded and moved to side control. Maguire then took advantage of a transition to get back to the feet. Johnson went back to the inside leg kicks, which made Maguire grimace. Johnson pushed Maguire against the cage to attempt a takedown, but was reversed by Maguire and ended up DaMarques ended up working from the bottom in an open guard. Both fighters landed some glancing strikes, and Johnson decided to attack an arm. He was unable to get the kimura, but out of nowhere Maguire stepped over, grabbed a straight armbar, and got the tap. It was a beautiful counter that materialized in just a couple of seconds.
Maguire is currently on a six-fight winning streak, with the last victory coming in his UFC debut over Justin Edwards at UFC 138. Johnson, a TUF 9 finalist, has gone 4-3 in his seven UFC bouts so far. None have gone the distance.