Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion Mike Easton is expected to make his next title defense in September in a long-anticipated showdown with former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe.
Easton revealed the news to FiveOuncesOfPain.com during an upcoming interview conducted shortly after being promoted to black belt last night by Lloyd Irvin in Jenkintown, PA at Jared Weiner’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu United. BJJ United is an affiliate school of Lloyd Irvin, as Weiner was the first person ever promoted to black belt by Irvin.
In addition to Irvin’s promotion of Easton, Weiner and Irvin also promoted top level competitive grapplers Jay Hayes and J.T. Torres.
Easton, 7-1, is considered one of the top bantamweights in the world currently not signed to a contract with the Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting promotion. His upcoming bout against Beebe at a yet-to-be announced UWC event was originally supposed to take place on Feb. 21. However, Beebe informed UWC officials just days prior to the event that he would be unable to make weight for the title fight due to an alleged knee injury sustained in training.
Beebe did not even show up to weigh-ins, leading to much unconfirmed speculation at the time that the H.I.T. Squad member was healthy and was actually trying to avoid injury in advance of his scheduled first round bout against Joe Warren during the first round of DREAM’s featherweight Grand Prix held on March 7.
While not being able to compete vs. Easton, Beebe was able to fight against Warren but was defeated after a doctor stopped their fight following the first round. Easton ended up fighting short notice replacement Justin Robbins and won the then-vacant title following a third round submission. He then made his first successful defense of the UWC bantamweight title against Josh Ferguson on April 25 at UWC 6 “Capital Punishment” following a first round submission courtesy of a guillotine choke.