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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Mike Easton loves Washington


(David Becker - AP)
Seems to me the two most famous active D.C. athletes with Curly W tattoos might be Kevin Durant and MMA fighter Mike Easton. And both men sent yet another love letter to their home town within the past few days.

Durant (see tattoo here) sent his via Twitter, after being named to the U.S. Olympic squad.

So happy to be representing the USA...PG County I’m out here doing it for y’all...yessir

Easton, a rising MMA fighter, is maybe a tad less known than Durant. Just a little bit.

But he grew up in Anacostia, roots for the Caps and D.C. United, met his trainer at a Cluck-U Chicken in P.G. County, is the son of a Duke Ellington teacher, and enters the Octagon to the strains of Chuck Brown. Plus he has tattoos of both the Curly W and the D.C. flag.

Anyhow, on Saturday night, the bantamweight defeated Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision at UFC 148, in the biggest fight of his career. ESPN.com called him a “fast-rising” fighter. And when he spoke to Comcast SportsNet’s Jennifer X. Williams after the fight, Easton was again talking about D.C. (See video below.)

“I worked really really hard, and I just represented my team — Team Lloyd Irvin, Alliance Gym — I represented my city, Washington, D.C.,” Easton said. “Man, I love my hometown. The whole DMV, I think, is the best area to live in in the United States of America. I love everybody out there. We love our sports. You guys have shown me support since I’ve been in the UFC, and I appreciate it. Thank you guys so much.”

Before he was done talking, D.C. came up again.

“I’m honored to rep my city, honored to rep the DMV,” Easton said. “It just feels so good. And it’s a blessing that I’m able to do that. I can teach a lot of people back at home to follow your dreams, regardless of what’s going on, what things are happening in your life. You’re gonna go through your ups and downs, but you stick with it, and you’re gonna get through it. You follow your dreams.”

By  |  11:32 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Categories:  Fighting Sports | Tags:  Mike Easton, Kevin Durant, Curly W

 
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