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Eastman sends young buck back to drawing board to open MFC 21

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Aron Lofton talked a lot of trash leading into his Maximum Fighting Championship fight against veteran Marvin Eastman. After all, Eastman was just 2-3-1 in his last six fights. But that was also against real competition, better than anything the 29-year-old Lofton had face in starting out his career 6-1.

Eastman, 39, recovered from a low blow in the first to score a quick takedown in the second round where he destroyed Lofton with some vicious elbows forcing referee John McCarthy to stop the fight at 0:59 of the round at MFC 21 in Edmonton, Alberta. Eastman moves to 16-9-1. Lofton left the ring with a vicious cut under his left eye.

Eastman (pictured on the right against Quinton Jackson) had lost two straight coming in against Denis Kang and Drew McFedries. Lofton, a former football player at Northeastern State (La.), came in with a good reputation as a submission artist but for some reason he kept charging Eastman in an upright position making it easy for Eastman to score the double-leg takedown that led to win in the second round.

In the second fight of the televised portion of the card, Ryan Jimmo took down Mychal Clark at will. He scored a mount with around a minute left in the first and had top control for almost the entire second round. He did the same in the third against Clark who simply couldn't get off his back. Before he came to the ring, Clark (8-6) did a mean 45 second Jabbawockee routine complete with the mask but that was his best moment of the night as Jimmo rolled to a unanmous decision (30-27 on all cards) win. Jimmo landed 72-of-127 (57-percent) strikes while Clark only got off 41.

Former UFC fighter Jason Macdonald was working Jimmo's corner.

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