LAS VEGAS -- This is the UFC 148 live blog for Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton, a bantamweight bout on Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand.
Menjivar, who has won all three of his fights in the UFC, will fight Easton, who has won his two UFC fights, on the main card.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Josh Rosenthal gives us the signal and, as expected, Easton is a frenzy of movement right off the bat. Menjivar tests the waters with kicks both low and high, but neither stops Easton’s forward momentum. Menjivar misses a spinning backfist. We’ve seen him fall in love with that move to his detriment before. Easton seems displeased with Menjivar’s strategy of retreat, and doesn’t hesitate to tell him so. More kicks and the threat of spinning attacks from Menjivar, but he can’t find a way through Easton’s defenses and all this backing away probably doesn’t look good for the judges. Easton makes a tentative grab for a takedown in the final ten seconds, but time runs out on him. The fans are not impressed so far. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Easton.
Round 2: Easton gets busier to start the second, throwing more kicks, but not necessarily landing them. Menjivar goes back to trying his spinning low leg kick, as if he’s trying to bring Easton’s hands down for a spinning backfist later on. The boos from the crowd start up again, and Easton makes a ‘what’s your problem?’ gesture to Menjivar. Menjivar pauses his retreat only long enough to launch a couple kicks, but as soon as he has both feet on the mat again he’s back into backpedaling mode. Jumping knee by Easton in the final ten seconds, but it’s not enough to get the crowd to stop booing for long. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Easton.
Round 3: It’s more of the same in round three. Menjivar kicks and backs away. Easton plods forward and tries to get close enough to land a punch, then looks frustrated when he can’t. There’s the spinning backfist from Menjivar, but Easton clocks it all the way. Spinning kick attempt by Menjivar, and this time Easton drops under it and gets the takedown. He goes to work with short strikes from the top, avoiding an armbar attempt in the process. Longest period of sustained action so far. Easton can’t keep Menjivar on his back for long, however, and we’re back to the feet with two minutes left. Easton lands a nice counter left hook in the final minute. Easton tries a jumping kick that lands him flat on his rear. There’s the horn to end it, and it’s followed closely by more boos. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Easton.
Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)