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John Hathaway: 'I'm going to make 2014 my year'

After a long layoff John Hathaway will return to the Octagon to face Dong Hyun Kim on the TUF:China Finale card, and he has big plans for 2014.

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When the UFC heads to Macau on March 1 for the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: China, Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway will face off in the main event.

The fight will be Hathaway's first since he defeated John Maguire in September 2012. That victory advanced Hathaway's career record to 17-1. Hathaway debuted with the UFC in January 2009, putting together a four fight winning streak before dropping a unanimous decision to Mike Pyle at UFC 120. Since that defeat Hathaway has won three straight fights.

Hathaway had been booked to face Erick Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 10 in June 2013, but he was forced from that fight due to ulcerative colitis.

Hathaway and Kim were in Singapore on Friday for a fan Q & A prior to the UFC Fight Night 34 weigh-in. When asked about his health, Hathaway replied, "I'm back healthy, and I can't wait to be back in there and competing. I'm really going to make 2014 my year, and I'm lucky I get to kick it off against such a great competitor.

It's going to be my first five round fight, and I really can't wait for this. I always come in super fit for every fight, and I can't wait to prove it again."

Hathaway and Kim were booked to face each other in the past, but an injury forced Kim from that fight. Kim was replaced by Pyle in that bout.

The TUF: China Finale card will be held at the Venetian Macao's CotaiArena.