Easton replaces Barao at UFC 148

ESPN staff
May 21, 2012
Ivan Menjivar will now face Mike Easton at UFC 148 © Getty Images

Mike Easton has stepped in to face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148 after Renan Barao was bumped up to fight Urijah Faber on the same card.

Dominick Cruz's torn knee ligament has opened the door for Barao to fight for the interim bantamweight title on July 7, with Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, featherweight Manny Gamburyan will be fighting for his UFC future when he takes on Michihiro Omigawa at UFC on Fox 4 this summer.

Gamburyan, who has lost both of his fights since rejoining the UFC, most recently a unanimous decision defeat to Diego Nunes at UFC 141, will attempt to return to winning ways against Omigawa, who has lost three of his last four.

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