In the PPV opener at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, Mike Easton defeated Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision. Easton took the Bantamweight fight with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27. With this win, Easton remains undefeated in the UFC at 3-0, 13-1 overall. The veteran Menjivar drops to 24-9.
Heading into UFC 148, this fight had a lot of picks as a possible Fight of the Night. Sadly, it didn't play out that way. These two skilled all-around fighters ended up somewhat cancelling each other out. The fight was contested mainly on the feet, with Easton as the aggressor and Menjivar looking to counter. In the end, neither man was able to put much together, but Easton's aggression took the decision.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Honestly, not much at all. Menjivar had some nice elbow strikes at times I guess.
Where do these guys go from here?
This is a big win for Easton, even if the actual fight was rather dull. With this win, he moves into contender status. Eddie Wineland seems like a good next fight for him.
For Menjivar, this feels like a potentially career derailing setback. He's a long-time veteran and you had the sense that this was perhaps his final big run at the top. Still, he remains a very valuable part of the division, and makes a great test for any up and coming fighters. Someone like T.J. Dillashaw would be a good opponent.
Watch it now, later or never?
Never. Styles makes fights, and something about these two just did not click. Nothing to see here.
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