Las Vegas, NV. - D.C. Mike 'The Hulk' Easton beat Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision at UFC 148 giving the bantamweight his eighth consecutive victory and improving his record to 13-1. His UFC record is now 3-0 and a shot at a title fight is no longer out the question.As the former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion, the 28-year-old Easton was able to display his skills on a national stage during his first Pay-Per-View event. And not just any title fight, but Silva vs. Sonnen II."It feels good. I'm very happy for the win. Ivan is an incredible fighter. Usually when I throw my power it offsets everything and I think my strategy helped me come away with the win tonight."Although he's still a few fights away from getting a chance at Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt, Easton has his eyes on the prize, "I want to fight for a belt. That is my goal. I want to keep getting better, keep getting better and keep getting better."The veteran Menjivar's record now stands at 24-9 (3-1 in UFC) with the loss. A defeat that has cost the 30 year old a chance at the bantamweight crown any time in the near further."I realizedI didn't put much pressure. The judges gave it to him because he looked more aggressive even though he didn't connect. I was too calm."
Tyler Graovac is week-to-week with an upper body that he suffered against Toronto on Tuesday night, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said.
Trotz was not more specific but it appeared as though the checking line forward was favoring his left shoulder. Graovac does not have a point in three games.
“Seven days, then asked me that question again,” said Trotz, pressed on how long he expects to be without Graovac.
What does the loss of Graovac—for a while, anyway—mean for the Caps?
Well, it means Barry Trotz has fewer options to turn to as he searches for the right mix of forwards. He'll also be without one of his more versatile players; Graovac has played a couple of games at wing, though he replaced an ill Lars Eller at center against the Leafs.
The team does not, however, have to make a roster move to replace Graovac. Even with the 24-year-old out, the Caps have 13 forwards available for their trip to Detroit, where they face the Red Wings on Friday night.
Based on Thursday’s practice, it appears Alex Chiasson will draw back into the lineup and Nathan Walker will come out.
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It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.
Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring.
The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.