Las Vegas, NV. - D.C. Mike 'The Hulk' Easton beat Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision at UFC 148 giving the bantamweight his eighth consecutive victory and improving his record to 13-1. His UFC record is now 3-0 and a shot at a title fight is no longer out the question.As the former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion, the 28-year-old Easton was able to display his skills on a national stage during his first Pay-Per-View event. And not just any title fight, but Silva vs. Sonnen II."It feels good. I'm very happy for the win. Ivan is an incredible fighter. Usually when I throw my power it offsets everything and I think my strategy helped me come away with the win tonight."Although he's still a few fights away from getting a chance at Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt, Easton has his eyes on the prize, "I want to fight for a belt. That is my goal. I want to keep getting better, keep getting better and keep getting better."The veteran Menjivar's record now stands at 24-9 (3-1 in UFC) with the loss. A defeat that has cost the 30 year old a chance at the bantamweight crown any time in the near further."I realizedI didn't put much pressure. The judges gave it to him because he looked more aggressive even though he didn't connect. I was too calm."
Baltimore got its third win of the young season with a victory over Jacksonville on the road Sunday. Here are 5 Sizzling Stats from that game and looking forward, presented by Ruth's Chris.
1) 64.0 -- Joe Flacco's Passer Rating on Sunday. It was his lowest Passer Rating in a Baltimore victory since Nov. 11, 2013 when the Ravens beat Cincinnati, 20-17, in overtime. Flacco's Passer Rating in that game was 60.0.
2) 4-of-4 -- Justin Tucker's made and attempted field goals on Sunday. He has gone 4-of-4 in six other career games. His career high for makes on a perfect day was set Dec. 16, 2013 when he went 6-of-6 in a win over Detroit.
3) 3 -- Through three weeks, the number of Ravens victories this season by one possession or fewer. For comparison, 14 of Baltimore's 16 games last season were decided by that margin. In those 14 games, Baltimore was 5-9. Close games now going their way?
4) 2009 -- The last time the Ravens started the season 3-0. They would go on to finish 9-7 in the regular season and beat New England in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
5) 0 -- Amont of patience Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith appears to have for Jacksonville rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, as demonstrated by his postgame comments.
The Nationals got a dose of good news on a night All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos went down with a potentially serious knee injury, as Bryce Harper's X-ray came back negative, meaning there are no broken bones in his left thumb.
Harper, 23, suffered the injury sliding into third base on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. He had the X-ray on Monday morning and the team is of course pleased to hear the results.
"He could be back within a couple days, a few days. That’s big right there," manager Dusty Baker said. "The swelling’s down, so I think his strength is up, I heard. It’s very positive. We still got time for him to get well.”
Getting Harper back soon would be huge for a Nationals team that just saw Ramos go down and recently saw Daniel Murphy injure his left buttock and Stephen Strasburg strain his right flexor mass.
Murphy's injury is also not expected to be serious. Baker even said on Monday that it's "very likely" he will be ready to go for the playoffs. But that's four of the Nats' five All-Stars now injured to varying degrees with just six games left in the regular season.
At least with Harper, they may have dodged a bullet.
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