John Hathaway

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John Hathaway
Born (1987-07-01) July 1, 1987 (age 26)
Brighton, England
Other names The Hitman
Nationality English
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Style Freestyle Wrestling
Fighting out of Brighton, England
Team London Shootfighters
Rank NEWA freestyle wrestling champion
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 17
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 8
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 17, 2010

John Lawrence Hathaway (born 1 July 1987) is an English mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. He holds notable victories over Rick Story, Paul Taylor and Diego Sanchez.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background and early career[edit]

Formerly an open-side flanker for local rugby team Hove RFC, Hathaway decided to make the transition to mixed martial arts after watching the Ultimate Fighting championship on television. He made his professional MMA debut on the 25th June 2006, defeating his opponent via rear naked choke in the first round.

John Hathaway currently trains at London Shootfighters in London [1] Hathaway also trained in the US with American Top Team and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu with Eddie Bravo.[1]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After signing a four fight deal, Hathaway was scheduled to fight undefeated Tom Egan at UFC 93. He made an impressive UFC debut, scoring a dominant first round TKO win over Egan via elbows.

Hathaway defeated the debuting Rick Story via unanimous decision at UFC 99.[2]

Hathaway's next fight was against Paul Taylor at UFC 105.[3] Hathaway won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Hathaway then faced the biggest fight of his career as he fought Diego Sanchez on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114, in Sanchez' return to welterweight.[4] In the first round, Hathaway dropped Sanchez with a knee to the head, as Sanchez attempted a takedown. Hathaway then dominated with ground and pound. The rest of the fight saw Hathaway utilize his reach advantage to dominate the striking, which gave him the unanimous decision victory.

Hathaway was expected to face Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 120,[5] but Kim was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Mike Pyle.[6] Hathaway lost to Pyle via unanimous decision after being overmatched by the heavy underdog. This loss was also the first of his career.

Hathaway fought Kris McCray on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[7] The fight was closely contested throughout. However, Hathaway walked away the winner via split decision.

Hathaway was expected to face Pascal Krauss on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[8] However, on August 30 Krauss pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury, and was replaced by Matt Brown.[9] On October 17, Hathaway himself was forced to pull out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury. As a result, Brown was pulled from the card and shifted to UFC 139.[10]

Hathaway/Krauss took place on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Hathaway beat John Maguire via unanimous decision on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[12]

Hathaway was expected to face Erick Silva on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[13] However, Hathaway was pulled from the bout in late April and replaced by Jason High.[14]

Hathaway returned from his extended hiatus to face Dong Hyun Kim on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale.[15] He lost the fight via third round knockout due to a spinning back elbow.[16]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • Freestyle Wrestling
    • British National Freestyle wrestling Runner up (Two times)
    • NEWA freestyle wrestling champion (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–2 Dong Hyun Kim KO (spinning back elbow) The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway March 1, 2014 3 1:02 Cotai Strip, Macau, China
Win 17–1 John Maguire Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic September 29, 2012 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 16–1 Pascal Krauss Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 3 5:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–1 Kris McCray Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 14–1 Mike Pyle Decision (unanimous) UFC 120 October 16, 2010 3 5:00 London, England
Win 14–0 Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–0 Paul Taylor Decision (unanimous) UFC 105 November 14, 2009 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 12–0 Rick Story Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 11–0 Tom Egan TKO (elbows) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 1 4:36 Dublin, Ireland
Win 10–0 Jack Mason Submission (punches) Cage Rage 28 September 20, 2008 1 2:41 London, England
Win 9–0 Richard Griffin TKO (punches) ZT Fight Night 12 August 30, 2008 1 2:41 Brighton, England
Win 8–0 Marvin Arnold Bleau TKO (punches) Cage Rage 25 March 8, 2008 1 1:32 London, England
Win 7–0 Tommy Maguire TKO (punches) Cage Rage: Contenders 7 November 10, 2007 2 3:17 London, England
Win 6–0 Charles Barbosa Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage: Contenders 6 August 18, 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 5–0 Tarcio Santana Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage: Contenders 5 June 16, 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 4–0 Sergei Ussanov Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage - Contenders 4 March 3, 2007 1 2:08 London, England
Win 3–0 Ludovic Perez Submission (punches) ZT Fight Night 4 November 4, 2006 1 N/A London, England
Win 2–0 Wesley Felix TKO (punches) Full Contact Fight Night 3 July 15, 2006 2 1:33 Bracknell, England
Win 1–0 Jim Morris Submission (rear naked choke) ZT Fight Night 2 June 25, 2006 1 N/A Sussex, England


  1. ^ a b UFC exclusive interview: John Hathaway on his debut against Thomas ‘The Tank’ Egan at UFC 93
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  3. ^ "Report: Paul Taylor vs John Hathaway likely for UFC 105". September 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Diego Sanchez Returns to Welterweight Against John Hathaway at UFC 114". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  5. ^ "John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim expected for UFC 120 in October". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Mike Pyle Replaces Injured Dong Hyun Kim, Will Face John Hathaway at UFC 120.". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray Added to UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle". January 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "John Hathaway Draws Pascal Krauss for UFC 138 Fight Card in England". July 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Matt Brown replaces Pascal Krauss, meets John Hathaway at UFC 138". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  10. ^ "After injuries, Brown-Baczynski at UFC 139". Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  11. ^ "John Hathaway vs Pascal Krauss booked for May 5 in New Jersey". February 6, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFC: Nottingham Adds John Maguire vs. John Hathaway". Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ Mookie Alexander (March 7, 2013). "Erick Silva fights John Hathaway at TUF Brazil 2 Finale on June 8th". 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-04-25). "Jason High replaces John Hathaway, meets Erick Silva at UFC on FUEL TV 10". Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  15. ^ John Morgan (2014-01-03). "John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim headlines ‘TUF: China’ finale on March 1 in Macau". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  16. ^ Gene Morosko (2014-03-01). "Dong Hyun Kim knocks out John Hathaway with spinning back elbow". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

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