UFC 154 Round-by-Round Review: Matt Riddle vs. John Maguire

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Our next bout is in the welterweight division, as Matt Riddle (6-3) takes on John Maguire (18-4). This bout was originally set for Stephen Thompson vs. Besam Yousef, but both fighters were forced out with injuries. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: A pair of southpaws square off, as Riddle has a seven-inch reach advantage over Maguire. Riddle catches Maguire with a right. Kick to the body by Riddle, who looks much more precise with his striking than Maguire. The Brit comes back with a nice jab, as he still is trying to figure out the distance from Riddle. Maguire counters with a right after a pair of strikes by Riddle. Maguire catches the leg-kick attempt and Riddle spins away. Overhand left fails to connect courtesy of Maguire. Riddle lands a left-hook, follows up with an inside-leg kick but is denied another kick, as Maguire flips him to the canvas. Joe Rogan with a Jet Li-reference after Riddle keeps his balance and spins away. Maguire swarms the second Riddle spinning-attempt, and Riddle turns him towards the cage. Jab lands by Maguire as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riddle

Round 2: Brit James McSweeney in Riddle's corner, which seems weird since Maguire is the Brit. Just a little tidbit of randomness. Maguire lands a nice kick to start the action in this round. Riddle controls Maguire up against the fence, but is unable to do much. Maguire landing some nice, precise strikes, and now doing even more with some punch behind it. Riddle answers, pushing Maguire back and knocking him down. Pair of body shots by Riddle to the grounded Maguire, but Riddle is not jumping right in. Riddle drops down, but is unable to advance and stands back up. No desire by Riddle to have a ground match, and the ref stands them back up. Maguire drops for a single-leg takedown, Riddle fights it off and bullies Maguire up against the fence. A minute to go in the round, and Riddle hits a quick right jab. Right hook lands by Maguire, who grabs a hold of Riddle's neck and is looking for a guillotine as 20 seconds remain in the round. Riddle spins out from the choke, and Riddle lands a combo and a knee to the body, followed by an elbow to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riddle

Round 3: Maguire's corner tells him between rounds they have no idea how the scoring went. Maguire with a nice strike, as Riddle is up 58-50 in total strikes landed so far. Riddle with a nice combo to answer. Riddle kicks the lead-leg out of Maguire, and snaps off a nice right jab. Riddle's jab has been more effective so far in this bout, and has kept Maguire at bay. Maguire not going away, though, strikes back. Riddle defends a takedown attempt by Maguire, his third such takedown defense. Riddle lands a knee to the body, which causes Maguire to flinch. Might have been to the groin area of Maguire, the knee, but no stoppage in action. Riddle wants to just stand and trade, but Maguire is hesitant to do so and we'll head to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riddle

Matt Riddle def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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