UFC on FX 3 Results: Five Fights for Eddie Wineland to Take Next
Eddie Wineland is a hot commodity right now. Fresh off of an excellent 2nd round KO of Scott Jorgensen to end his two fight losing streak, Wineland has shot himself up the Bantamweight ladder.
Jorgensen is no pushover, either. Just four fights earlier, Jorgensen took top ten pound-for-pound fighter Dominick Cruz the full five rounds in a hard fought loss. Yet he couldn’t get to the third round against Wineland.
Showing excellent boxing and showcasing a nice jab and cross, Wineland picked Jorgensen apart, which is especially impressive since in 19 fights it’s the first time Jorgensen has been stopped by strikes.
So after a great win who’s next for Wineland? Let’s take a look at the top five possibilities.
Mike Easton has a date with Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148. After only two UFC fights, if Easton beats Menjivar, it would be a pretty big upset and Easton would be in need of another big fight or two to even toss himself into title contention. However, the 12-1 Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt would be facing his toughest test ever in Wineland...if he gets through Menjivar.
4. Ivan Menjivar
Menjivar was slated to face Renan Barao, in what many saw as a number one contender match. However, with the injury to Dominick Cruz, Barao moved up to face Urijah Faber to headline UFC 149. So with a win, Menjivar riding what would be a four-fight win streak into a potential match with Wineland.
3. Renan Barao
This would be contingent on Barao losing against Faber in his championship match. Both guys could potentially move back into contention with a win.
Barao is on as hot of a streak as one can be on. The Brazilian Jiu Jitzu ace is currently going 29 fights without a loss after losing his very first MMA match. Of course to end up in a battle with Wineland next, he’d have to lose this match; however it would be amazing to see the two styles lock up.
2. Urijah Faber
This would be a great matchup either way, because Urijah Faber beat Wineland 29-28 just a few fights ago by unanimous decision in three rounds, so two more rounds of action between the two would be fireworks in one of the most exciting divisions that the UFC has to offer.
Of course this would all be contingent on Faber losing to Barao for the Bantamweight Championship, as a win in the rematch could really catapult Wineland into the title chase.
1. Michael McDonald
Now here's a guy with nothing to do. Coming off of an impressive KO of former Bantamweight king Miguel Angel Torres, McDonald extended his win streak to 8 in a row, which includes 6 finishes. Wineland would be up against a buzzsaw in what would be a great match and most likely a finish by either fighter. This is definitely the fight to make.