The former UWC bantamweight champion, Easton (11-1) capped a six-fight win streak with a brutal second-round TKO victory over Byron Bloodworth in his October UFC debut. At just 27 years old, "The Hulk" has amassed an impressive résumé that includes wins over TUF 14's John Dodson and Josh Ferguson, as well as former WEC champion Chase Beebe.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Stone (10-3) recently rebounded from an unfortunate slump to reenter the win column with a first-round submission of Donny Walker at UFC Fight Night 25. Prior to that, the American Top Team product suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of Scott Jorgensen and Eddie Wineland, the latter of which arrived via a devastating slam that left Stone frozen on the mat for several minutes after the bout.
UPDATE: Stone has withdrawn with an undisclosed injury, according to UFC officials. The search Easton's replacement opponent is underway.
UFC on FX 1 fight card:
Preliminary card (Fuel TV):
Middleweight: Jorge Rivera vs. Eric Schafer
Welterweight: Charlie Brenneman vs. Daniel Roberts
Lightweight: Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola
Bantamweight: Joseph Sandoval vs. Nick Denis
Lightweight: Fabricio Camoes vs. Reza Madadi
Featherweight: Vagner Rocha vs. TBA