UFC president Dana White revealed over the weekend that UFC on Fox 2 will host four fights and run for two hours; today, MMAWeekly revealed that one of the bouts for the event is already coming to fruition: a bantamweight contest between Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Wineland.
25-year-old Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson challenged Dominick Cruz for the UFC 135lbs. championship last month, earning the title shot after earning four straight victories under Zuffa, including wins over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, former champ Miguel Torres, Damacio Page and Nick Pace. One of the smallest fighters in the division, Johnson makes up for what he lacks in stature with blinding speed and absolute relentlessness, running his opponents into the ground with a non-stop blitz. His career record stands at 9-2, his only losses to Cruz and Brad Pickett.
A former WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland is a veteran of close to thirty fights, sporting a record of 18-8-1. The 27-year-old mid-west stationed fighter had built an impressive four-fight winning streak in the WEC, punctuated by a slam knockout of Ken Stone, when he made his UFC debut against Urijah Faber. Faber took Wineland in a unanimous decision and The California Kid’s teammate, Joseph Benavidez, did the same when he and Wineland met in August. With the Benavidez fight being his most recent performance, Wineland is riding a two-fight losing skid.
UFC on Fox 2 is expected to take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.