UFC bantamweight and Washington, D.C. native Mike Easton returns to the Octagon tonight after making a victorious UFC debut at UFC on Versus 6 this past October. Originally slated to face American Top Team's Ken Stone, Easton now faces late replacement Jared Papazian, making both fights for Easton in the UFC against last-minute replacements. According to Easton, however, that couldn't possibly make a difference to him.
In this interview from MMA Nation Radio on 106.7 The Fan, Easton discusses a wide variety of topics (listed below), but makes the assertion he's the hardest puncher in the entire UFC bantamweight division. Against a forward-charging brawler like Papazian he might just get the chance to prove it.
Among other topics, Easton discusses the following:
- U.S. judo Olympian Rhadi Ferguson helping with strength and conditioning for all of his UFC camps.
- Spending his entire camp in Camp Springs, Maryland and not at Alliance Gym in San Diego. However, Brandon Vera did fly over to help.
- Why training on the East Coast grittiness is better for fight camp training.
- Just how different the 'UFC experience' is from previous fight experiences.
- Using Dominick Cruz's footwork in the first round of his fight at UFC on Versus 6 against Byron Bloodworth to get his feet 'under him' after a two-year layoff.
- Not worried about having a camp around one fighter throughout the entire process.
- What he knows about his opponent Papazian.
- A health update on UFC bantamweight Dominick Cruz and whether Easton will have a role on the next season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'
- Meeting WBA and IBF Lamont Peterson and admiring his accomplishments as a fellow Washington, DC