UFC on FOX 5 Results: What We Learned from Mike Easton vs. Raphael Assuncao

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012


UFC on Fox 5 saw a bantamweight scrap between two top bantamweights in Mike Easton and Raphael Assuncao. Assuncao was a late replacement fill-in for Bryan Caraway, who stepped up for T.J. Dillashaw.

In a fight that fell short of expectations, Assuncao edged out Easton via unanimous decision. 


What we'll remember about this fight: 

Honestly, not much.  It wasn't a great fight, but we will remember this down the road as both fighters having potential to be top 135ers in the world. Maybe they will run into each other in the future.


What we learned about Mike Easton:

He is a great prospect, but he is still a work in progress. Easton actually looked tentative in this fight, a sight we have not seen since he entered the UFC.  In his next fight, we will really see how Easton responds to losing, in the sense if he will shake it off or carry it with him.


What we learned about Raphael Assuncao:

We definitely have ourselves a top-10 bantamweight in Raphael Assuncao. His striking has really come along, which makes him even more dangerous. He is a couple wins away from being a title contender in the UFC's 135-lbs division. 


What's next for Easton:

Easton needs a fight to get himself back on track. Perhaps a showdown with one of his original opponents, Bryan Caraway, would be the remedy to this loss. 

What's next for Assuncao:

Assuncao deserves another top-15 guy next time around. Answering that bill could be a guy like Brian Bowles or even Scott Jorgensen, who fought and won earlier in the night.