UFC 128 Fight Card: Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland, Round 1
I don't want to belabor this point because Eddie Wineland seems to be a motivated, hard customer. But I really didn't expect this tussle to be a long one.
Which only proves that I never learn to avoid underestimating anyone.
The California Kid is the physically smaller of the two and Wineland used his height advantage and at least equal strength to neutralize every Faber attempt to get the pleasantries to the ground. Consequently, Urijah was forced to stand and trade, probably not the ideal strategy hatched in his camp.
Except on the occasion where Eddie took Urijah to the mat.
Urijah finally found his standing range toward the end of the five minutes, landing a couple nice looping rights and avoiding further damage despite leaving his hands dangerously low.
The late flurry notwithstanding, I've got that round 10-9 in Wineland's favor. But it was a razor thin margin so it could've gone either way...always a troubling development.
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