Second up on the UFC 161 Facebook prelims, Lightweight Mitch Clarke (10-2) edged out John Maguire (18-6) in a unanimous decision. Clarke picked up his first UFC win and finally recovered from his two-fight skid. Maguire's now on a 3-fight losing streak in five UFC fights.
Clarke wasn't able to avoid Maguire's ground game entirely in their fight, but he kept him from mounting any damaging offense while he was there. On the feet he landed the better shots and controlled much of the fight against the cage. It wasn't exactly a break out performance, but he outworked Maguire and held his spot on the UFC roster.
What was the high point of the fight?
Nothing really. It wasn't the worst fight of the night (that was the Jimmo fight), but there weren't any "wow" moments either.
Where do they go from here?
Despite having picked up his first ever UFC win, Clarke isn't out of the deep end yet. He's still 1-2 in the promotion and will need another win in his next outing to feel safe from getting his walking papers. It probably won't be easy for him as he's battling for a spot in the UFC's deepest division.
It's pretty rare for a fighter to go 0-3 and still keep his job with the UFC. Maguire's run went south when he followed up winning his first two bouts with back-to-back decision losses. Saturday night was supposed to be his chance to get back on track with a Lightweight debut, but it didn't work out for him. I doubt the UFC gives him another chance.
Watch it now, never, or later?
Unless you know Clarke or Maguire personally, I wouldn't waste my time.