Former WEC bantamweight champion and UFC bantamweight title contender Eddie Wineland will look to continue his road towards another shot at UFC gold in a fight with tough Brazilian Johnny Eduardo on May 10. Wineland is just one fight removed from an unsuccessful shot at Renan Barao’s then-interim bantamweight title, losing via second round TKO.
With the bantamweight division being wide open, with a lack of contenders for Barao to face, it could just take a couple more wins for the American to get a rematch with the dominant Brazilian. His next task will be to see of Johnny Eduardo, who will be coming into the bout off a long layoff of almost 2 years. It’s an uphill battle for Eduardo, but he showed in his win over Jeff Curran in May 2012 that he is capable.
Wineland lost his first two UFC fights, albeit against very tough competition in former contenders Joseph Benavidez and Urijah Faber. He bounced back emphatically with entertaining victories over Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett which led to a shot at Renan Barao’s belt. With Barao now holding the undisputed title in the 135lbs division, Wineland will be hoping to impress against Eduardo and continue his road towards a rematch with the man widely considered #3 pound-for-pound in the world.
After defeating Yves Jabouin last month at UFC on FOX 10, Wineland impressed, showing a more patient and accurate display than in previous fights. Though the 29 year old is prone to getting hit, he has one of the most impressive chins in the division and can stand and trade with just about anyone at 135lbs.
Johnny Eduardo will look to announce himself as a contender after becoming a forgotten man at bantamweight, suffering a number of setbacks which led to him missing half of 2012 and all of 2013. Now eager to get back in the cage, a win over Eddie Wineland would do big things for the 35 year old, but this is no easy feat. 1-1 inside the Octagon, time may be running out for Eduardo, but an impressive 2014 campaign could put him in the rankings in the bantamweight division that is ready for the taking.
UFC Fight Night 42 in Cincinatti, Ohio is set for May 10 at the US Bank Arena. A number of bouts have been announced, but as of now, no headliner has been confirmed.