Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton
Round 1: Easton catches an accidental poke to the eye early and Jabouin was warned for it. Easton presses forward once the fight is restarted. He lands an outside leg kick followed by a right hand. He lands an outside leg kick. Easton lands another right hand. Jabouin decides it’s probably a good time to get the fight to the ground and takes Easton down. Easton works to control Jabouin’s posture. Jabouin not doing much from the top. He’s pretty much laying on Easton. He gets an arm free and lands a right hand. Easton uses the fence to stand, but Jabouin keeps the pressure on. He presses Easton against the cage and takes him down. Easton quickly gets to his feet. He delivers a knee to the body and tried to trip Jabouin to the ground. Jabouin gains top position on the way down. Jabouin postures up and lands an elbow. Easton pushes him away with his feet and gets back standing. Eason trips Jabouin to the canvas and quickly moves to side control. He briefly isolates an arm, but Jabouin scrambles to his feet. Easton lands a knee to the body. They round ends with both landing right hands. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Easton.
Round 2: Jabouin lands a jab and a kick to the body. Easton inches forward and Jabouin meets him with a kick to the body. Jabouin lands an uppercut as Easton tried to get inside. Easton changes levels and takes Jabouin down. Jabouin scrambles and gains top position. Easton works his way to the fence and uses it to stand. Jabouin trips Easton back to the canvas. Easton stands and lands a knee to the body. They battle for position along the cage. Jabouin separates and lands a high kick. Jabouin lands a right hand followed by a knee to the body. He lands another right hand followed by a knee to the body. Jabouin takes Easton down with two minutes remaining in the round. He delivers short punches to the body. The referee stands them up after a bit. Easton lands a left hook. Jabouin answers with an elbow on the inside. He lands a kick to the body. Easton fires back. Jabouin lands a spinning back kick to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Jabouin.
Round 3: Easton lands his jab to start the final round. Jabouin answers with a kick to the body. He steps in with an elbow. Easton presses forward. They clinch and works for position along the cage. Easton lands short punches to the body. Jabouin responds by delivering a knee to the body. Easton works to get the fight to the ground. Jabouin defends the takedown attempt. Jabouin lands to the body. He lands to the head. He has more weapons than Easton. Jabouin changes levels and takes Easton down. He takes Easton’s back. Easton turns and isolates an arm and works for a kimura. He uses it to reverse Jabouin and ends up in side control. He lets the submission attempt go. Easton delivers knees to the body. He lifts his leg high in the air and drives it into Jabouin’s side. Jabouin gets back to full guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Jabouin.
The judges score the fight for Jabouin by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“It was a tough fight and I expected Mike Easton to live up to his name. He was nothing short of the Hulk out there tonight. All of his power comes at a cost though and he was definitely slower than me in the exchanges and scrambles. Speed overcomes in most cases. I worked very hard on my wrestling because that’s his strong suit and I think I surprised him with my own takedowns. Not a lot of people can take Mike down so that’s something I was proud of tonight. I’m the type of guy who takes his career one fight at a time but I think I defeated one of the very best tonight so I’m looking forward to whatever the UFC has in store for me next.”
“That was a good hard fight and I’m always happy when I’m able to go out there and compete for the UFC fans. I learned a lot in this one but I wanted to win so badly. I got poked in the eye in the first round. That’s the second fight in a row where that has happened. Unfortunately, my vision didn’t start clearing up until late in the second round. Again, it’s a tough loss but it’s always a pleasure to go out there and do what I love to do. Hopefully in the future they’ll figure out a better way to control the eye pokes so we can compete at our best.”