Brad Pickett (22-6) thinks the outcome of his fight with Eddie Wineland (19-8-1) will lead to the next bantamweight No. 1 contender. Later this month, Pickett and Wineland square off inside the Octagon.
“I don’t like to look beyond an opponent, but I think him or me winning this fight we’re next in line to be honest,” said Pickett to MMA Junkie. “If he beats me, then he’s beat two guys in the Top 10 and he’s right up there. If I beat him, that means I’ve won three in a row with a win over a guy in the Top 10, so that puts me there.”
After Pickett lost to now interim bantamweight champion Renan Barão (29-1-1 NC), he has won a pair of fights in 2012. He stopped Damacio Page (15-8) and Yves Jabouin (18-8). Wineland knocked out Scott Jorgensen (14-6) over the summer, snapping his two fight losing streak. Those losses came from Urijah Faber (26-6) and Joseph Benavidez (16-3).
Current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) is expected to be out another year after surgery on his torn ACL was not successful. He last fought in October 2011.
Pickett vs. Wineland is believed to be the final preliminary fight on UFC 155. FightLine.com will have complete coverage of the December 29 card out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.