Renan Barao’s promotion to an interim UFC bantamweight title match with Urijah Faber left Ivan Menjivar with no opponent for UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
Barao was moved into the fight with Faber after UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz went down with a torn ACL. The UFC announced the Barao-Faber fight on The Ultimate Fighter: Live Friday night.
Menjivar (24-8) is 3-1 in his UFC career and was looked at by most as a possible opponent for Faber. Easton (12-1) has won his first two UFC bouts and is on a seven-fight win streak in all.