Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

TUF 14 – Bad Luck Brits

It was a disappointing start to the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter for British MMA fans, with both of our representatives crashing out in the preliminary round.

Scottish bantamweight Paul McVeigh faced the highly-rated Louis Gaudinot in a back-and-forth affair. The fight made it to a third and decisive round where Gaudinot, a natural flyweight, was able to land some powerful punches and elbows leading to a TKO victory.

McVeigh will be bitterly disappointed with the loss, but he did get a seriously tough draw for what was only the round of 16. Many people had touted McVeigh as a potential winner, but best laid plans do not always turn out as intended. He was very honest and humble about the outcome on Twitter:

“The better man won. I did some good stuff he did some cool stuff. So long as I’m getting better I’m happy.”

Leicester Shootfighters representative Karsten Lenjoint fared no better in his match-up. His opponent Stephen Bass is undefeated so far in his career and he showed why with a victory over Lenjoint by triangle choke in the second round.

Although he didn’t make it into the cast, Lenjoint fought valiantly and with a bit more training, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a second chance in the UFC at a UK-based event in 2012.

Maguire replaces Scanlon, faces Head at 138

John Maguire (Sherdog)

Fresh off a victory over Peter Irving at UCMMA Cage Rage UK 23, John “The One” Maguire gets his first shot at the big time.

An unfortunate injury to Mark Scanlon last week meant that American welterweight James Head was without an opponent at UFC 138. Upon receiving the news the UFC moved quickly to sign Maguire, who holds a career record of 16-3, as a replacement.

Maguire trains at Tsunami Fight Gym in London and holds a victory over TUF 9 veteran Dean Amasinger. The reigning UCMMA welterweight champ also is a veteran of rising British MMA promotion BAMMA.

Head is an Oklahoman with a reputation for having strong jiu-jitsu ability. He suffered a submission loss in his only previous UFC bout with Nick Ring at UFC 131. Head’s only other career loss came to fellow UFC vet Jesse Forbes back in 2009.

Cage Warriors 44 – Event Preview

Cage Warriors 44 takes place this Saturday, live from the HMV Forum in London.

Brian Foster (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

The first of the two co-main events features UFC veteran Brian Foster against the always tough Jack Mason. The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 181 pounds.

Foster spoke recently to Cage Warriors on the prospect of fighting in the UK:

“I haven’t been able to fight for quite a while so I’m really looking forward to doing so again. Cage Warriors is a great show with an awesome reputation and it’s a pleasure to be involved. I’ll work hard for the next couple of weeks and be in good shape for my fight.”

For his part, Mason seemed undeterred at the prospect of facing Foster:

“It’ll be a good match-up because I need to start taking a more aggressive approach into fights and I know he’ll try to take my head off. There’s no pressure on me here. Nobody has heard of me outside of the UK, whereas he’s trying to get back into the UFC. It’s a really important fight for him because if he doesn’t win it could cost him his job.”

The second of the two co-main events will be a fight between submission specialist Ivan Musardo and the currently undefeated Joseph Duffy for the vacant Cage Warriors lightweight title.

Duffy discussed the match-up with Cage Warriors:

“Each of my last few fights have been a step-up in competition but I’m confident in my ability and look forward to putting it to the test. I’m expecting a tough fight from Ivan so I’m preparing for the full five rounds.”

“Obviously you don’t get 15 submissions if you’re not dangerous on the ground but he’s not frightened to engage in any area so I’m training to be as well-rounded as possible. As the fights are getting harder I’m trying to make my training more specific to my opponent. I try to concentrate mostly on what I’m going to do but cater it to their weaknesses.”

The full Cage Warriors 44 main card includes:

  • Joseph Duffy (10-0) vs. Ivan Musardo (17-6-1) – for vacant lightweight title
  • Brian Foster (15-5) vs. Jack Mason (17-8)
  • Ashleigh Grimshaw (10-7-1) vs. Graham Turner (17-6)
  • Kevin Donnelly (6-3) vs. Brad Wheeler (6-5)
  • Niko Gjoka (5-6) vs. Neil Seery (8-8)
  • Steve O’Keeffe (4-1) vs. Dean Reilly (5-2)
  • David Howell (2-1) vs. Kieran Malone (2-4)

Several notable MMA sites will stream the main card live at 9 p.m. local time. Catch the important news and results from the event in next week’s Brits & Pieces.

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA