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UFC 138: Mark Scanlon Withdraws, John Maguire Steps in to Face James Head

Written on September 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newcomer, John Maguire, replaces Mark Scanlon on his scheduled bout with James Head at UFC 138.

Mark Scanlon (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scratched off of the UFC 138 fight card for unknown reasons. He was supposed to meet James Head on the night’s preliminary card, but was now replaced by fellow UK Welterweight, John Maguire, as reported by a source close to the event.

UFC 138 will be held on November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The evening’s main card, which headlines the middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Mark Muñoz, will be aired on Spike TV via same-day delay. As of now, UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed the new bout.

John Maguire (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former UCMMA welterweight champion who also competed in BAMMA, is now set to make his UFC debut. He currently holds a five-fight win streak, which includes a notable victory over Dean Amasinger at UCMMA 18 event.

James Head (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), on the other hand, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt holder who started training in 2008. He opened his MMA career with a 7-1 record, which consisted of a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Gerald Harris. James Head just made his Octagon debut at UFC 131 last June, where he attained a submission loss to Nick Ring.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for more UFC 138 updates.

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