Eddie Wineland secured himself a shot at the interim UFC bantamweight title by defeating Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett. Now, he is just weeks away from possibly collecting his first UFC gold belt.
Wineland will meet Renan Barao in June at UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland. The two were on-hand Wednesday to kick-start promotion for the card from Winnipeg.
Wineland (20-8-1) is a former champion, having won the WEC bantamweight title. While he is fully capable of competing for 25 minutes with the Brazilian, it doesn’t sound like that is on the agenda.
“My training for this fight is no different,” Wineland said. “Maybe I’m training a little more grappling, maybe pushing a little harder for a 25-minute fight; but I don’t intend for it to go 25 minutes. I believe I am stronger, faster, hit harder, and am a better wrestler. June 15, we will find out who has the advantage.”
After racking up six wins in seven fights from 2008-2010, Wineland suffered a pair of defeats in his first two UFC fights. Those losses, though, came at the hands of fellow former contenders Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez – both via decision.