Michael Raymond Easton (born January 25, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist, who is perhaps best known for his stint in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2003, he was the reigning Ultimate Warrior Challenge Bantamweight Champion when he joined the UFC.
|Born||Michael Raymond Easton|
January 25, 1984
|Other names||The Hulk|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||70 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Camp Springs, Maryland, U.S.|
|Team||Alliance MMA |
Team Lloyd Irvin
|Rank|| Black belt in Taekwondo|
Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Lloyd Irvin
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Easton was born and raised in Washington D.C. Growing up dyslexic in a rough area of the city, Easton sought an outlet through martial arts, beginning with Taekwondo from a young age and going on to earn a black belt. At the age of 17, Easton began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Lloyd Irvin. Easton was also a World Kickboxing Association World Champion and WKA U.S. National Champion, and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Mundials.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Easton made his professional debut in 2003 for Reality Fighting at the age of 20. He fought and defeated Anibal Torres via unanimous decision. Almost a year after his debut, Easton returned to defeat Jason Taylor, again winning the fight via unanimous decision.
In 2007, Easton was awarded his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Lloyd Irvin. That year Easton also lost for the first time. During a bout against Reynaldo Duarte, Easton misjudged a kick taking the full force of the blow on his elbow. He recalled the injury in an interview with The Washington Post. "My arm just flopped backward, I'm having a full-blown conversation with my coach while this guy's trying to punch me in the face. I'm like, 'Man, my arm's not working. What's going on with my arm?' This guy's just hitting me in the face....I wasn't worried about him. I don't fear no man." Because of the severity of the injury his corner was forced to throw in the towel and Easton was immediately rushed to the hospital. After claiming a 5–1 record, Easton signed with Virginia-based promotion, Ultimate Warrior Challenge. He fought twice for the promotion before earning himself a title shot against Justin Robbins. Easton submitted Robbins in the third round of their five round fight, winning him the bantamweight championship.
His first defense of the title was against Josh Ferguson at UWC 6: Capital Punishment in April 2009. Easton won the fight in the first round via submission due to a guillotine choke.
Easton then fought former WEC title holder, Chase Beebe. The fight went all five rounds. However, Easton won the fight via split decision, and retained his title. The crowd heavily booed the results, and the fight went on to be named Sherdog's Robbery of the Year.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After nearly a two-year hiatus from competing, Easton signed with the UFC on July 26, 2011. His promotional debut was expected to take place against Jeff Hougland on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6. However, Hougland was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by fellow UFC newcomer Byron Bloodworth. Bloodworth failed to make the 135 pound weight limit, thus the match was changed to a 138-pound catchweight bout, with Bloodworth being fined for the infraction. Easton won by TKO in the second round.
Easton was expected to face Ken Stone on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1. However, Stone was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Jared Papazian. Easton won the bout via majority decision.
Easton was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. However, Dillashaw was forced out of the bout with an injury and Bryan Caraway was briefly linked as a replacement. Caraway himself was injured and was replaced by Raphael Assunção. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Easton next faced Brad Pickett on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. Despite the loss on the scorecards, Easton earned his first Fight of the Night bonus with this bout.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||13 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||13–6||Jesse Stirn||Decision (split)||Shogun Fights XVI||April 8, 2017||3||5:00||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||For Shogun Fights Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||13–5||Yves Jabouin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 174||June 14, 2014||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||13–4||T.J. Dillashaw||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou||January 15, 2014||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||13–3||Brad Pickett||Decision (split)||UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi||April 6, 2013||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||13–2||Raphael Assunção||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz||December 8, 2012||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||13–1||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–1||Jared Papazian||Decision (majority)||UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller||January 20, 2012||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||11–1||Byron Bloodworth||TKO (knee to the body and punches)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||2||4:52||Washington, D.C., United States||Catchweight (138 lbs.) bout.|
|Win||10–1||Chase Beebe||Decision (split)||UWC 7: Redemption||October 3, 2009||5||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Defended UWC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–1||Josh Ferguson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UWC 6: Capital Punishment||April 25, 2009||1||4:06||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Defended UWC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||8–1||Justin Robbins||Submission (guillotine choke)||UWC 5: Man 'O' War||February 21, 2009||3||4:44||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Won UWC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||7–1||John Dodson||Decision (split)||UWC 4: Confrontation||October 11, 2008||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||6–1||Gerald Lovato||KO (punch)||UWC 3: Invasion||April 26, 2008||1||2:48||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Reynaldo Walter Duarte||TKO (corner stoppage)||Combat Sport Challenge||September 29, 2007||1||1:36||Richmond, Virginia, United States||Easton's corner threw in towel due to broken arm.|
|Win||5–0||Hudson Rocha||KO (punch)||Fury FC 2: Final Combat||November 30, 2006||2||0:45||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Rick Desper||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 12: Return to Boardwalk Hall||April 29, 2006||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bantamweight debut; Won Reality Fighting Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Jay Isip||TKO (punches)||Reality Fighting 6||April 3, 2004||2||1:42||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States||Won Reality Fighting Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Jason Taylor||Decision (unanimous)||Combat Sport Challenge||January 31, 2004||2||5:00||Richmond, Virginia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Anibal Torres||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 3||February 8, 2003||3||5:00||Bayonne, New Jersey, United States|
- Gerbasi, Thomas (January 18, 2012). "Fighting Since Birth, Mike Easton has Arrived". UFC.com.
- "Fight Card - UFC 174 Johnson vs. Bagautinov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
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- http://www.boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/07-07-12%20MMA.pdf[permanent dead link]
- "Communities — Voices and Insights - Washington Times".
- "Mike Easton ("The Hulk") | MMA Fighter Page".
- Dan Steinberg (February 16, 2009). "MMA Fighter Mike Easton: "All D.C.'d Up"". washingtonpost.com.
- "Robbery of the Year". sherdog.com. January 11, 2010.
- "Mike Easton vs. Jeff Hougland bantamweight fight planned for UFC on Versus 6". mmamania.com. 2011-07-26.
- "Jeff Hougland out, Byron Bloodworth in against Mike Easton at UFC on Versus 6". mmajunkie.com. September 27, 2011. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011.
- "Mike Easton vs. Ken Stone completes UFC on FX 1 main card". mmajunkie.com. January 2, 2012. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012.
- "UFC on FX 1: Jared Papazian vs Mike Easton possible for Jan. 20 with Ken Stone hurt". mmamania.com. January 6, 2012.
- "Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin added to UFC on FUEL TV 3". mmajunkie.com. February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012.
- "Bantamweight shakeup: Easton out, Hougland meets Jabouin". mmajunkie.com. March 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012.
- "Ivan Menjivar Draws Mike Easton After Renan Barão Promoted to UFC Title Fight". mmaweekly.com. May 19, 2012.
- "T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton verbally agreed to for UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- "Bryan Caraway in for injured T.J. Dillashaw, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. October 30, 2012. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012.
- "Raphael Assuncao replaces Bryan Caraway, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". mmajunkie. November 21, 2012. Archived from the original on January 3, 2013.
- "Pickett vs. Easton: UFC Stockholm". YourMMA.tv. Feb 7, 2013. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013.
- Staff (2013-04-06). "UFC on FUEL TV 9 bonuses: McGregor, Madadi, Pickett, Easton win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- Mike Whitman. "UFC Returns to Georgia in January with T.J. Dillashaw-Mike Easton". sherdog.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Staff (2014-03-26). "Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton slated for UFC 174 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
- C.J. Tuttle (2014-09-23). "UFC Releases Mike Easton After 4 Consecutive Decision Losses". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23.