Bantamweight bout slated for Jan. 20 card
Stone and Easton will meet as part of the four-fight televised main card on the cable channel. The UFC announced the fight booking Monday, as well as its spot on the main card. UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller takes place Jan. 20 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and features a main event lightweight contenders fight between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller.
Stone (10-3, 1-1 UFC) snapped a two-fight skid in September when he choked out Donny Walker midway through the first round at UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans. The victory was his first in the UFC. Stone started his MMA career 9-1, including eight straight wins to open, before getting a call from the WEC to face former bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland. But he suffered one of 2010’s more brutal knockouts when Wineland carried him across the cage and power-slammed him for a Knockout of the Night win. In his UFC debut at the TUF 13 Finale in June, he was knocked out by Scott Jorgensen in another rarity – Jorgensen postured up from guard for a ground knockout.
Easton (11-1, 1-0 UFC) won his UFC debut in October with a second-round TKO of Bryon Bloodworth at the final UFC on Versus event. Easton started his MMA career with 10 wins in his first 11 fights, primarily on the East coast. The former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight titleholder holds notable wins over TUF 14 135-pound winner John Dodson and former WEC bantamweight champ Chase Beebe.
In addition to the main event lightweight bout between Guillard and Miller, who recently had long winning streaks snapped, UFC on FX 1 features a heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft, plus a welterweight fight featuring Josh Neer and Duane Ludwig on the main card. The UFC last visited Nashville for UFC Fight Night 18 in April 2009. That card set a then-record for attendance for a Fight Night show.