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England's Maguire handed UFC lightweight debut

ESPN staff
March 13, 2013
John Maguire narrowly lost to Matt Riddle in his last outing © Getty Images

England's John Maguire will make his UFC lightweight debut at UFC 161, after several fight announcements on Tuesday.

Maguire is coming off back-to-back losses against John Hathaway and Matt Riddle, but the UFC continues to hold plenty of belief in Brit.

As a result, he has dropped into the 155lb weight class - which looks a better fit - to take on Mitch Clarke of Canada. Clarke finds himself in similar territory to Maguire, losing his last two to Anton Kuivanen and John Cholish.

UFC 161 takes place on June 15 and is headlined by Renan Barao's interim bantamweight title defence against Eddie Wineland.

Also announced on Tuesday were a couple of UFC 162 fights, most notably involving Chris Leben who takes on Andrew Craig. Leben has lost three of his last four, while Craig's last outing saw him beaten by Ronny Markes.

Elsewhere, Seth Baczynski takes on Brian Melancon. UFC 162 takes place on July 6 and is headlined by Anderson Silva v Chris Weidman.

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