Bantamweight Mike Easton
will make his UFC debut on Oct. 1, when “The Hulk” squares off with
UFC Live 6.
UFC officials Tuesday announced the matchup, adding the bout to
the sixth installment of the UFC Live series on cable network
Featuring a 135-pound title tilt between Easton’s teammate,
Cruz, and AMC Pankration product Demetrious
Johnson, UFC Live 6 will emanate from Verizon Center in
Washington, D.C. The event marks the promotion’s inaugural trip to
the U.S. capital.
Easton (Pictured) has been bested only once as a professional and
the Team Lloyd Irvin
export has won five straight contests leading up to his UFC debut.
After suffering his lone loss at the hands of Reynaldo
Duarte in 2007, the southpaw notched victories over Gerald
Lovato and John Dodson
before capturing the Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight title
by beating Justin
Robbins in 2009. The District of Columbia native would go on to
defend his title successfully twice more that year before being
sidelined by injuries.
Hougland made his UFC debut on July 2, outpointing fellow Octagon
Walker at UFC 132. An Illinois native who now resides in
Enumclaw, Wash., Hougland has not lost since 2003 and rides a
nine-fight winning streak. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt,
“Hellbound” has submitted seven of his 10 career victims and has
seen the judges’ scorecards only twice as a professional.