After opponent and UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao recently was forced off the card, Eddie Wineland also now is officially out of next month’s UFC 161 event, and he will be rebooked for a future show.
However, with Barao’s recovery timetable unknown, Wineland isn’t necessarily guaranteed a rebooking with the titleholder, UFC officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) were slated to headline the event. But when Barao went down with an injury – torn ligaments in his foot – light heavyweights Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) were promoted to the headlining spot.
Wineland currently awaits word on his next opponent. Unfortunately for the former WEC champion, both reigning UFC champ Dominick Cruz and interim titleholder Barao are now on the sidelines with injuries. However, fellow contenders such as Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen currently aren’t booked for fights.
Wineland, who’s currently ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA bantamweight rankings, earned his shot at the interim title following back-to-back wins over Jorgensen and Pickett in 2012. Prior to that, he had suffered losses to Faber and Benavidez as he made the transition from the WEC to the UFC.
The latest UFC 161 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)
For the latest on UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.