Pictured: Mike Easton. Photo by Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
"I think the fight with Ivan Menjivar is a perfect matchup for me," Easton said. "Right now I feel my stand up is on another level and flat out better than his. I'm the hardest-hitting fighter in the 135-pound division. I hit harder than anybody else - period. I know he' s experienced, but I'm very experienced as well. I started mixed martial arts when I was 17. I turned pro in 2002. It's one of those things where people want to talk about his experience, but what about mine? What about the guys I train with or the guys I've fought? I know he's tough but I'm going in to fight. Ivan is an incredible fighter but he's never fought Mike Easton. He's never faced anyone who has my style. He's never seen my look before. I'm a completely different fighter than anything he's ever stepped in against and he's about to find out what that means."
-- Mike Easton may not have faced the level of opposition that his upcoming UFC 148 opponent Ivan Menjivar has, but that doesn't seem to faze him one bit. "The Hulk" tells Bleacher Report's Duane Finley that he's ready to bring some 'devastation to the bantamweight division.' The Alliance MMA fighter has gone 2-0 in his brief UFC stint thus far, defeating the likes of Byron Bloodworth and Jared Papazian. Now, he'll be stepping into the cage against a much more well-traveled Ivan Menjivar, who has faced the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, Joe Lauzon and Matt Serra in his lengthy career. While Easton hasn't faced as tough of opposition as Menjivar, he does happen to train daily with the UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Is that enough to offset his experience disadvantage?