Mike Easton picked up the majority decision victory against Jared Papazian at UFC On FX 1, but both men can go home happy with the fact that they left it all in the cage and put on an entertaining stand-up scrap for the fans.
This fight started at a crazy pace with both men immediately taking a single collar each and then unleashing a huge volume of punches, blow for blow.
The action then progressed to the cage where the two clinched up and traded a few elbows and knees at a slightly more normal pace before being broken up.
The action then slowed and Easton began stalking his opponent around the cage for much of the rest of the round punctuated by occasional brief flurries of strikes before the final 10 seconds descended into another frantic dirty boxing skirmish.
Most of the second round was also closely contested featuring a mixture of stand-up exchanges from close range and clinch work with Easton still being the aggressor, but Papazian showing quick counter-striking.
With it being so hard to separate the two men a takedown from Easton in the second half of the round was significant, though Papazian did a good job of working back to his feet in fairly speedy fashion.
This fight had been fought at a fair old tilt, but yet both men found the energy to battle it out in uncompromsing fashion in the final five minutes.
As with some of their work in the previous rounds this was the very definition of ‘toe-to-toe’ as they slugged it out so close they were almost touching heads.
It was so closely contested that it was hard to say who was getting the best of it, but one thing for certain is that they both have tremendous chins as each took some big shots.
They also showed great cardio as the punches were coming at a tremendous rate at times, though Papazian’s strikes – but not his work ethic – finally slowed in the final minute.
And so it was down to the judges to pick a winner, and they awarded Easton the majority decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-29)