Mike Easton defeated Jared Papazian in their UFC on FX fight on Friday. The two put on a great display, and entertained the fans watching the company’s first show on the FOX cable channel.
Easton and Papazian got off to a quick start and aggressively punched each other in the clinch. The two traded dominant positions against the fence for a bit, but separated. Papazian circled his opponent as Easton controlled the center of the octagon. The two traded blows, but Easton moved forward more than the young Armenian fighter. The first round ended with a flurry of punches by both fighters.
Papazian continued to circle the octagon in the second round. Easton stayed active and worked combinations, but his opponent did well to counter with punches. A takedown by Easton put Papazian on his back, but the fight got back to the feet a short while later. The round ended with Easton putting Papazian on his back with a takedown one more time.
The final round started intense with both fighters trading punches and kicks at a high rate. Easton looked to begin tiring halfway through the round and Papazian kept active with straight punches. Both began to tire later in the round, but kept swinging with tight punches and accurate kicks. The two brawled it out for the rest of the round and it went to the judges.
Easton edged out the majority decision with scores of 29-28, 30-27, 29-29.
After a great showing by both fighters, the winner admitted his opponent was a tough challenge and knew he would come to give him stiff opposition.
“I knew he was going to be tough,” Easton told Jon Anik during his in-octagon interview. “I knew he was going to show up. But all we want to do is a show to the fans.”
Easton wins his second fight in the octagon with the win at UFC on FX 1. In defeat, Papazian has an unsuccessful UFC debut, but the entertaining fight surely shows he’s worth his new contract.