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Raphael Assuncao completely out performed Easton at UFC On Fox 5.
Nearing the end of the UFC On Fox 5 prelims on FX, Raphael Assuncao countered his way to a unanimous decision of Mike Easton. Assuncao (19-4) extended his win streak to 3. He's now 3-1 in the UFC with his sole loss coming to Erik Koch. Easton (13-2) is also now 3-1 as a UFC Bantamweight.
The story of this fight was Assuncao's counter striking. He was patient and consistently out struck Easton through the 15 minutes bout. Easton was slow to engage and ineffective when he was unable to get the fight to the ground. The win is even more impressive considering that Assuncao broke his arm in the first round.
What was the high point of this fight?
Assuncao looked good countering Easton and disrupting his timing, but there weren't really any stand out moments in the fight.
Where do they go from here?
Now that he has a 3 fight win streak capped off with a top 15 opponent, Assuncao is primed to make a run toward contention. He'll have to wait for Renan Barao to defend the interim belt against Michael McDonald at UFC On Fuel 7, but that gives him time get a match against another top fighter.
Before the fight on Saturday, Easton had worked his way up the Bantamweight ladder and landed at #14. The loss stripped away a lot of his momentum, but he's shown he can compete at the top of the division.
Watch it now, later, or never?
You can skip this one. The action was sparse and there are much better fights to watch from Saturday's event.