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“The California Kid” Shines In His UFC Debut

Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber moved himself one step closer to his first UFC title shot tonight by defeating Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision.

Wineland clearly showed up to fight and it could even be argued that he took the first round of his and Faber’s bantamweight meeting. During the first stanza, Wineland did well at avoiding Faber’s several takedown attempts and making him pay with hard, stinging shots.

In the second frame, Faber came out of the gates with purpose, landing a pair of kicks and eventually snagging a single leg that he eventually completed with a trip. For the remainder of the round, Faber controlled and damaged Wineland from on top, completely shutting down the Indianan’s ability to scramble away or mount any offense from his back while landing sharp elbows consistently.

“The California Kid” settled into a groove with his striking in the last round, opening up with both his hands and feet. Wineland hung tough and looked to take the fight from Faber, but the Team Alpha Male product wasn’t having it and he put a seal on his victory with a nice takedown and follow up ground assault.

With the win, Faber positions himself to possibly fight for the UFC bantamweight title, he improves his record to 25-4, his current winning streak to two in a row and he earns his first victory inside of the octagon.

Wineland falls to 18-7-1 with the loss and sees his four-fight winning streak snapped.