The UFC bantamweight division is a little bit of a mess at the moment. The champion Dominick Cruz is out for an unknown amount of time after his ACL surgery didn’t take. Cruz has already been away from action for 15 months and there’s no time frame for a return, if it does happen.
Representing the division is the current interim champion Renan Barao, who makes his first title defense this weekend from Wembley Stadium in England against Michael McDonald at UFC on FUEL TV.
For fellow bantamweight Eddie Wineland, he seems to fit nicely into the current situation.
“I think I’m in the Top 5,” said Wineland to Bleacher Report. “I even think I stand in the top three in the division, but I have to fight one of those guys first.”
The year 2011 wasn’t a good one for Wineland who went 0-2. Before that, Wineland had four wins out of the WEC, which included back-to-back Knockout of the Night honors.
Wineland came back last year and took a pair of wins over Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett. The most recent win came at UFC 155 in late December.
“With where I’m at now, my mindset and my body the way it is, I think I’m doing nothing but getting stronger and better,” said Wineland. “I think that is dangerous for anybody in my division.”
Who Wineland fights next is not known.