TUF: China Finale free fight: John Hathaway vs. Tom Egan

After a year long layoff, John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway (17-1) finally makes his long awaited return to the octagon this weekend, at the UFC’s “TUF: China Finale” event in Macau, China.

The Brit, still only 26, has amassed a whopping 7-1 record under the UFC banner thus far, notching victories over the likes of divisional staples Rick Story and and Diego Sanchez.

Saturday night’s headliner sees the Brighton native lock horns with South Korean sensation Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1, 1 NC), a prospective Welterweight who has been knocking on the door for a title shot for quite some time.

Hathaway was in fact slated to face Kim back in 2010, but an injury thwarted the South Korean out of the contest back then. Veteran Mike Pyle then stepped up to the plate as a replacement, handing Hathaway what was his first and only pro MMA defeat to date.

And now, four years later, two of the brightest 170-lbs prospects are set for a collision course once again. Kim is coming off three back-to-back victories, winning seven of his last ten outings. His last appearance in the octagon came at UFC Fight Night 29, where the 32-year-old pulled off a stunning and crowd-pleasing knockout over Erick Silva.

London Shootfighters’ Hathaway, meanwhile, is on a three-fight winning skid as well, with nine of his seventeen career victories ending via stoppage.

Check out this full fight video of Hathaway’s bout against Tom Egan at UFC 93, as we edge closer to the TUF: China Finale event on Saturday:

*Picture credit: Open Walls

*Click here to check out the full fight card for TUF: China Finale

*To listen to an exclusive radio interview with Hathaway, click here

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Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook

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Author:Thinesh John

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