LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- D.C. native, 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. HisUltimate Fighting Championshiprecord now stands at 3-0 and a shot at a title fight is now within reach.As the former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion, the 28-year-old Easton set the pace and had Menjivaron the run forhis first Pay-Per-View event. And not just any title fight, but Silva vs. Sonnen II, heralded as the biggest UFC event to date.Donning a hulk silhouetteT-shirt that read, 'Hard work will always beat talent when talent refuses to work hard,' the confident Easton was quick to humbly shout out his hometown of Washington, D.C. when addressing the media.
"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."Pressure had been thegame planheading into the fight and according to Easton's coach, Lloyd Irvin-Easton executed. Irvin's only critique of his protege was that he didn't follow up with his 'punishing leg kicks' after punching combos, but Easton's performance ultimatelyexceededhis expectations.Although, he is 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. The defeat creates an uphill battle for the 30 year old's quest to capture the bantamweight belt."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."Ultimately, Easton must not allow the fight to be decided by the judges; he must finish a fight. That is the only way he will silence his critics and have a career that embodies his super star persona. The type of career that one could only describe as, 'Super Fantastic Unbelievable.'