After struggling at the start of his career, Wineland strung together seven straight wins before getting a call to ply his trade under WEC’s banner. Though the UFC wouldn’t step in to purchase the organization for another six months, Wineland laid claim to a WEC title when he flattened Antonio Banuelos a little more than halfway through the opening round of their bantamweight bout. Wineland went on to win a subsequent scrap in a different promotion but fell victim to Chase Beebe in his first WEC title-defense and wouldn’t flirt with another major belt until his recent run towards the title.
UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland is less than a week away from the biggest opportunity of his career, taking on interim champion Renan Barao in a co-headlining clash at UFC 165. Though the tilt carries stakes unlike any Wineland has encountered before, the 29-year old shouldn’t be fazed after a run in the ring already featuring a handful of high-profile pairings and plenty of action against apt adversaries. In fact, fans who have been following Wineland for awhile know it’s not even his first fight for gold tied to Zuffa. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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