Saturday, May 25, 2013

Getting to know 'The Hulk'

I've been meaning to write this up for a while. One of the more notable Maryland fighters currently competing in mixed martial arts is Mike "The Hulk" Easton, a bantamweight who fights with Team Lloyd Irvin in Camp Springs. I saw him compete in person in 2011 when he defeated Bryan Bloodworth by TKO on the same card that saw a good friend of his, UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, defeat Demetrious Johnson.

Easton recently sat down for an interview with WTOP, and here are some of the more interesting facts (I think so anyway) about one of the UFC's exciting young, local fighters:

- Fans nicknamed him "The Hulk" after watching him use ground-and-pound with hammer fists on his opponent.

- He started out doing jiu-jitsu and competing in amateur kickboxing before switching to MMA full-time in 2003.

- He'd like to be a MMA ref once his fighting days are over. And coach. And commentator.

- If he wasn't a fighter, he would be a massage therapist.

- His last fight with Brad Pickett on a UFC on Fuel TV card in Sweden is his favorite fight. Easton took a split decision loss but received Fight of the Night honors.

- His dream fight is against current UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao.

- In his free time he likes spending time with his son by watching TV or playing video games, or in his words, "normal man things."

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