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UFC 148: Ivan Menjivar Vs. Mike Easton


Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton

It’s time for the main card of the evening, and our first fight between bantamweights Ivan Menjivar (24-8) vs. Mike Easton (12-1). The referee will be Josh Rosenthal.

Round 1: Easton comes out, as he always does, throwing quick jabs. Menjivar fires off a huge right that glances off the forehead of Easton. Easton stalking Menjivar, who pushes him away with a kick. Big overhand right by Menjivar, but eats a left hook courtesy of Easton. Easton with a left, right and a kick that all connect. Head kick and front-kick blocked by Easton, who lands a side-kick of his own. Menjivar lands with a kick to the back of the head, and fires off a low kick, as well. Easton another flurry to the body of Menjivar, who counters with a kick to the thigh of Easton.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Round 2: Body kick courtesy of Easton to Menjivar, along with several quick jabs to start the round. Overhand right by Menjivar hits Easton, and he follows up with a kick that buckles Easton. Both fighters throwing a lot of strikes and kicks, but not many are landing. Easton trying to push the pace more than Menjivar so far with just over a minute left in the round. “Hulk” with a huge left-right combo. Strong flurry to finish things by Easton.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Round 3: Easton with some big kicks to start the action, hitting a big right. Menjivar attempts a takedown, but Easton fights it fight off and goes back to taking the leg away from Menjivar. Head-kick lands by Menjivar, but Easton walks through it. Overhand right misses wildly by “Hulk.” Easton continues to pepper Menjivar with rights and lefts, though the crowd begins to get restless. Easton with a takedown, and goes into mount position. Menjivar powers out and gets up, as the two go back to the striking game. Under a minute to go, and Easton still going forward with his power punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)