The fifth bout of the night and final preliminary fight is Justin Edwards vs. John Maguire. This is a welterweight fight, meaning 170 pounds. The referee in charge of the action is Leon Roberts.
For more analysis, follow me (@SBNLukeThomas) on Twitter.
ROUND 1 - Maguire opens southpaw, Edwards is orthodox. Two inside leg kicks from Edwards and the second hits the groin. Edwards pushing forward with strikes, but nothing significant lands. Then Edwards lands a spinning back kick followed by a right hand. The right hand drops Maguire and Edwards pounces. Edwards trying to land a guillotine choke, but can't get it. Maguire rips Edwards down as he tries to stand. Both fighters stand and jockey along the fence. Maguire turns Edwards and drives Edwards to the floor again. Edwards stands again. In a back and forth, Maguire gets behind Edwards and gets the American to the floor. And again. Maguire stands and fires off a kick to the body of Edwards.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Edwards.
ROUND 2 - Maguire opens with an inside head kick. Middle kick now from Edwards. Edwards' pace appears to have slowed significantly. Edwards drives forward with strikes to set up a takedown opportunity, but he can't finish it. The fighters clinch along the fence. Maguire gets behind Edwards and throws him to the ground. Now Maguire seals up the body triangle. Maguire switches to an arm bar just before the final bell, but can't get it.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Maguire.
ROUND 3 - Spinning back kick misses from Edwards, and Maguire single leg dumps him to the mat. In an attempted heel hook from Edwards, Maguire attempts a kneebar of his own. Both fail. Spinning head kick partially lands for Edwards. Maguire fires off kness from front head lock, but Edwards escapes and rolls Maguire. Maguire escapes the guillotin attempt and is now on top in side control. Maguire moves to mount and now back mount. Edwards rolls out of back mount going hip down and then base down. A pair of choke attempts are exchanged.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Maguire and the fight 29-28 Maguire.
UFC 138 results: John Maguire defeats Justin Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)