Two veteran bantamweights badly in need of a victory will square off at UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14. Mike Easton is set to battle Yves Jabouin in a matchup where the winner gets to fight another day while the loser could conceivably get his walking papers. Easton was outclassed by T.J. Dillashaw at Fight Night 35 in losing a unanimous decision in his last fight, while Jabouin was stopped in the second round by former title challenger Eddie Wineland at UFC on FOX 10.
Easton had a solid start to his UFC tenure in posting three consecutive victories, but has dropped three in a row since that time. He’s been defeated by top-flight competition with the losses having come at the hands of Dillashaw, Raphael Assuncao and Brad Pickett.
“The Hulk” is an aggressive fighter with a granite chin who never shies away from a stand-up war. He will likely get a more than willing combatant in Jabouin who has also been in his share of slugfests. While Easton does have a track record of being involved in entertaining fights, a fourth consecutive defeat inside the Octagon would likely seal his UFC fate.
Jabouin is also looking to get his career back on track as he’s dropped two of his last three fights via knockout. Besides the loss against Wineland, “Tiger” was also finished by the hard-hitting Pickett. He managed to sprinkle in a split decision victory at UFC 161 against Dustin Pague in between those setbacks. Jabouin has compiled a 4-3 UFC record and is noted for his varied arsenal in the striking department. The Tristar Gym product has 11 career knockouts in 19 victories, but has also been stopped on four separate occasions.
Both fighters will likely have a high level of urgency for this matchup given the fact they are likely battling for their UFC lives. This contest has the makings to be a highly entertaining 135-pound clash as both Easton and Jabouin will be desperate to keep their Octagon careers alive.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports