Mike Easton (12-1, 2-0 UFC) said after the fight that he expected short-notice opponent Jared Papazian (14-7, 0-1 UFC) to be tough, but it's doubtful that he expected Papazian to be this tough. The two bantamweights blazed away at each other for three rounds with Easton's accuracy and power giving him the slightest of edges.
Easton did an interview with MMA Nation's Luke Thomas before the fight in which he claimed to "hit harder than anyone in the division."
If that's truly the case, Papazian has one heck of a chin. According to CompuStrike, Easton tagged Papazian with 51 power strikes, 38 of them standing punches, 11 of them kicks and two of them punches on the ground. Papazian only appeared to be staggered by one or two of those punches, but Easton's volume and 83% accuracy rate won him the fight.
For his part, Papazian repeatedly tagged Easton with sharp right uppercuts, several of which seemed to get Easton's attention. In all, Papzian landed 102 strikes but only 34 power strikes. Although it was a loss, Papazian surely made a strong impression on UFC exec Joe Silva by coming in on short notice and giving Easton such a tough fight.
As for Easton, he might want another fight or two before stepping up against one of the division's proven contenders.