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.

Etim Prepared for Barboza

Motivation will not be an issue for Terry Etim on Sunday night at UFC 142, as he takes on Edson Barboza in his opponent’s homeland of Brazil.

The British lightweight believes that it is now his time to shine following a successful return from long-term injury at UFC 138 against Edward Faaloloto.

Etim has been a fan favourite in the UK for a few years now, but the combination of an ill-timed loss and an 18-month layoff set him back somewhat. However, he believes that a victory over the talented Barboza will put him back into title contention.

Although Etim is not taking his opponent lightly, he insists that there is no way he is leaving Brazil with anything other than a win.

In a discussion with ESPN, Etim appeared confident:

“I see it being an action-packed fight, we both go after it and he’s undefeated in his own backyard. I’ve come back strong and I was desperate to get the call from the UFC about this next fight.”

“The [Anthony] Njokuani and [Ross] Pearson fights [against Barboza] are the ones I’ve watched for this fight. He’s very tough, but I’ve definitely seen areas to exploit and I definitely think I’ll come up with the win.”

“One thing I’ve got that he hasn’t? I want it a lot more.”

Pundits had thought that the journey to South America and the difference in climate may have an adverse effect on Etim, having lost his only previous contest outside of England to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 113.

Etim, once again speaking to ESPN, has no such concerns:

“After a defeat a lot of fighters make excuses but I was absolutely flying, I was super-fit, I won’t take anything away from Rafael Dos Anjos – that night he was the better man. It was nothing to do with the climate or anything like that. It was just his night.”

“I’ve been out to Brazil before, I know what to expect. I’ve got a lot of friends out there so I’m excited about it more than anything else.”

Edson Barboza (R) battles Ross Pearson (Al Bello/Zuffa LLC)

Barboza is known as an exciting combatant in his own right, having captured two Fight of the Night awards, the most recent of which came against notable Brit Ross Pearson.

Etim himself has taken home three Submission of the Night cheques from his last four bouts and is certainly aiming to increase that tally on Saturday:

“I think the fans understand I’m always going to try to end a fight. I think of 15 fights, 14 haven’t gone the distance. Whenever I get people in trouble, they always seem to shoot in on me, so I just take their head off with a guillotine. I’m well-versed on the ground so people get a shock when the fight goes there.”

“How about we have Fight of the Night and I get Submission of the Night as well? I wouldn’t mind that!”

Featuring a headliner of featherweight champion Jose Aldo against undefeated challenger Chad Mendes, UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Maguire Draws Johnson in Sweden

After a successful start to his UFC career, John Maguire will get his next opportunity to climb the lightweight ladder as he is set to face DaMarques Johnson at UFC on Fuel TV 2.

The event, which was only recently announced, will take place April 14 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. This will be the promotion’s first foray into Scandinavia and it is hoped that the experience will grow both the UFC’s fan base as well as increase awareness of the sport in general.

Fuel TV officials expect the majority of the preliminary and main cards to air live on the FOX-owned cable station. It’s unknown whether Johnson vs. Maguire will feature on the preliminary or main card.

Johnson got back to winning ways in his most recent contest, knocking out Clay Harvison at UFC on Fox 1. It’s been a rocky road for the TUF 9 veteran though, with a win over Mike Guymon sandwiched between losses to Matt Riddle and Amir Sadollah rounding out his past four bouts.

Maguire takes another step up in competition after a successful Octagon debut at UFC 138. The Brit outpointed Justin Edwards on the preliminary card, taking his current win streak to six fights.

Hardy Targets Hughes

Dan Hardy is aiming for a return to action in May, and already knows who he wants fight and where.

Dan Hardy (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Over the past few weeks, Hardy has been vocal in his wish to face UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes, a request that may well come to fruition.

In addition to singling out an opponent, Hardy has also gone on record to say that he would love the contest to take place near his current training base in Las Vegas. Speaking to ESPN he admitted:

“I’d like a May or June return in Vegas. I want the time to invest with my coaches. And fighting in Vegas means I can do my camp at home where all my coaches are, that would allow me to focus fully on the fight.”

“The Outlaw” added fuel to the fire after Hughes was pictured standing proudly next to a bobcat that he had been hunting. Hardy tweeted alongside the aforementioned photo:

“Look at what I killed. Aren’t I the man? This is the only thing I have found that cures my impotence.”

When some fans took issue with his comments Hardy responded:

“Just voicing my opinion. I don’t like him and I don’t mind saying it.”

Over the past few months, the Brit welterweight has gone through some major changes in order to revitalise his UFC career. With four successive losses in the promotion, after formerly competing for the welterweight title, a shift in focus was needed.

His response has been to seek out, and train with, the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Frank Mir in order to improve his overall game.

Hardy had previously been working with Roy Nelson, with whom he remains in contact, but has been forced to look elsewhere for training partners closer to his own weight.

With a tailor-made training camp and greater motivation, Hardy will certainly be a force to reckon with whenever he finally steps back into the hallowed Octagon.

Top Photo: Terry Etim (Sherdog)

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