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Mike Easton Wants a Fight With Renan Barao

December 3, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Mike Easton recently spoke about his fight at UFC on FOX 5 this weekend against Raphael Assuncao, his dream opponent and more. Check out the highlights:

On wanting to fight Barao: “I want to show my style against everyone else’s style, especially Renan Barao. Oh, man. That’s a dream matchup for me. Everyone always talks about his standup, and he comes from a legit camp – trains with legit guys – their standup is good, their jiu-jitsu is good, their takedown defense is very good. I feel as though I want to fight those types of guys because that’s also my style, as well: to stand up and bang.”

On not being entirely happy with his win at UFC 148: “I’m always excited about a win, but Ivan Menjivar is known to be a banger, and he didn’t do that. Truth be told, he felt my power, and he started to run. And it’s nothing against Ivan Menjivar. He’s an incredible fighter. He’s awesome. But he felt the power that I have, and it changed his whole gameplan. For me, I was a little frustrated because I need to work on closing the distance even more so I can get my finishes like I want.”

On wanting to fight top-name guys: “I’m the hardest-hitting 135-pounder in the world, and that’s hands down. People are running for a reason. Those high-level guys, they’re not going to run. That gives me my chance and my opportunity to show what I’m about.”

On having his UFC on FOX 5 opponent changed three times: “My job is to fight. My job is to perform, and that’s what I’m going to do. It doesn’t matter who they put on front of me. I’m just doing what I need to do so I can get closer to that belt.”

On being happy where he’s at in his career: “Being in the UFC, I’m just soaking it up. I’m soaking every fight up. I’m loving training. I’m enjoying the camps. Camps are very, very hard, but I am thoroughly enjoying the camps. I’m living my dream, and there’s not too many people out there that can say they’re living their dream. I’m living it, and I’m loving it, and I’m enjoying it. I’m blessed, and I thank God every day for it. I have my face on a UFC magazine, just huge, right next to the UFC belt, and it’s something that I see every single day. I’m always looking for that, but I just take it one fight at a time.”


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