UFC on Fox 5 Play-by-Play: Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton

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Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton

Round 1: Assuncao opens with a spinning hook kick that misses. They trade a few leg kicks and quick boxing combos to get warmed up. Easton takes the center of the Octagon and is the one pressing forard more, but that leaves Assuncao to set up some well-timed counters. Easton, however, is doing a good job landing a shot here and there, but Assuncao’s counters just seem more effective through the first few minutes of the round. They trade for a while and then Assuncao shoots with about a minute left in the round, but Easton shows some stellar defense. Assuncao presses him to the cage, though, and starts peppering his thighs with knee strikes. They separate in the final 10 seconds, but nothing impressive happens before the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 2: They start round 2 trading body and leg kicks before Assuncao lands a good hard counter punch. Assuncao lands a nice uppercut, Easton answering, but Assuncao is starting to find a bit of a rhythm with his striking. Easton appears a little frustrated now, midway through the round. Good leg kick by Easton, but Assuncao just gets fired up, answers back with a kick and flurry of punches. He clinches up and presses Easton to the fence, but lands a low knee to the groin, causing a break in the action. Easton recovers quickly and they restart. Easton immediately starts pressing, but Assuncao is answering well with the overhand right. As the round winds down, Assuncao is getting a little more aggressive and mixing up more techniques, like the high front kick. He defends an Easton takedown attempt and then lands another front kick. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 3: Easton again pressing forward, but Assuncao is still doing a good job timing his counters, moving his head and changing levels to keep Easton out of a rhythm. Assuncao is also mixing up his counters, a head kick here, a left hook there, the overhand right. Easton just can’t seem to find the right approach to get through to Assuncao, who again drops for a takedown attempt. He gets it, but only briefly as Easton pops right back to his feet. Assuncao hits him with another combination. Assuncao again goes for the takedown on a couple more occasions with Easton defending well, but Assuncao’s attacks, while unsuccessful in getting the fight to the mat, keep Easton from mounting any offense. They separate and Assuncao lands a couple shots, Easton shoots, but Assuncao defends well. They open up with 15 seconds left, but neither man lands anything significant as the Seattle crowd rains down boos on them. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Assuncao

Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3

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