Saturday, Sept. 21, Eddie Wineland will challenge Renan Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title at UFC 165.
After beginning his UFC tenure with a pair of unsuccessful performances, Wineland has turned the corner by winning back-to-back bouts in impressive fashion. The American has officially righted the ship and now hopes to get back into championship form.
Wineland became the first bantamweight champion of the now defunct WEC promotion by defeating Antonio Banuelos at WEC 20. After capturing the strap, he went on to post a 4-2 record with the promotion, ending on a run of four straight victories.
Among those victories was a memorable one over Will Campuzano that ended with a brutal knockout.
The finish was over a minute in the making, with Wineland keeping his composure and keeping the pressure on at the same time. After delivering a bevy of hard shots, the UFC 165 co-main event competitor landed a nasty blow to the body before stopping his foe on the ground.
It was a cringe-worthy ending, but an entertaining scrap that is more than worth revisiting.
As luck would have it, you can do exactly that.
In anticipation of Wineland's UFC 165 bout, the UFC has made Wineland vs. Campuzano available, posting the fight video to YouTube.
And because it can be painfully difficult to type in a URL, search for a video, find the video and then click the video...I've gone and done the noble thing by just bringing it right here for you to watch.
The seconds I've saved you are a gift. Use them wisely.
Enjoy the video. It's a reminder of the type of power Wineland wields. Though he's an underdog against Barao for a reason, anyone who hits like he does has a very real chance in any fight.
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