Eddie Wineland vs George Roop at WEC 46Eddie Wineland fights to win.

And when he steps into the Octagon at UFC 155 on Saturday night, he sees that same “fight to win” type of fighter in Brad Pickett, his opponent.

“There’s people that come to ‘fight not to lose’ and then there’s people that come ‘to fight to win.’ I think Brad and myself are both people that come to fight to win,” Wineland said recently on MMAWeekly Radio.

That makes for a dangerous fight. Wineland is going to have to be at the top of his game every moment of the fight in order to walk out of the cage with a victory. But that’s how he wants it.

He doesn’t want to rack up 10 easy victories to try and get to a title shot. Wineland wants to fight the top fighters on deck now, put on the best fights that he knows how, and let the chips fall where they may.

“I think (Pickett’s) been fighting just as long as I have. He’s experienced, he’s smart, he’s a dangerous fighter,” said Wineland. “I’m not looking for easy fights; I’m looking to test myself. I want the best of the best. I think that’s both where we’re at. I think we’re both gonna go in and put a good show on.”

That’s why, despite back to back losses to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez to start off his UFC career, Wineland believes he and Pickett are both just a step or two away from a possible bantamweight title shot.

“I think the winner of this is very deserving of a No. 1 contendership spot or No. 1 contendership fight,” Wineland told MMAWeekly.com.

Whether the winner is deemed next up for a title shot or not, however, Wineland is happy just to keep plowing forward. He has goals, to be sure, but the key goal is to keep on fighting.

“At the end of the day, as long as I’m fighting, I’m happy,” stated Wineland. “I do want the belt. I’m chasing the belt. So as long as I keep fight and I keep winning, they can’t really deny me that.

“I’m happy with the fight. I’m not here for easy fights. I want to test myself. I want to see what I’m capable of. At the end of the day, I’m gonna be there to have my hand raised.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

On The Rise: UFC International Fight Week Edition

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Amidst the sea of big names and marquee fights set to take place in Las Vegas stands a quartet of up-and-coming fighters looking to make a name for themselves between Thursday evening and Sunday morn read news >>

The 10: The Best of the Best from the Best Month in UFC History

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Take a look at the 10 best fights from one of the best fight months in UFC history. This is The 10 for July. read news >>

Reasons to watch Fight Night Las Vegas/Ultimate Fighter Finale

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Two title fights before UFC 200 even begins? Yeah, we have a few reasons to watch Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Alvarez and The Ultimate Fighter Finale featuring the strawweight title fight between Joann read news >>

VIDEO: Ross Pearson Calls Will Brooks a Zero, Wants Fights with Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos

  • 22 days ago
  • 8 views

After his fight with Will Brooks, Ross Pearson would like to move on to bigger and better fights, including the likes of Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos, and Cowboy Cerrone. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 12 Preview

  • 22 days ago
  • 16 views

It all comes down to this, the final two semifinal fights to determine the finalists for this season of The Ultimate Fighter in the light heavyweight and women's strawweight divisions. Don't miss the read news >>

Velasquez drops Browne in 1st Round

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 views

After dealing with injuries that limited him to just five fights since 2012, the old Cain Velasquez showed up at UFC 200, as the former two-time heavyweight champion blasted through Travis Browne in read news >>

UFC 200: The Fights Weren't the Problem, but the Pacing Was

  • 17 days ago
  • 452 views

As we sit here in the afterglow of a week when the UFC flat out bludgeoned its fans into veritable submission with nearly an entire day’s worth of fistfights spread across three consecutive nights, t read news >>

The Downes Side: Fight Night Sioux Falls predictions

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

Who will win the biggest fights at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Lineker in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13? Former UFC lightweight Dan Downes breaks down key fights and makes his predictions. read news >>

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for July 2016

  • 11 days ago
  • 59 views

So...crazy month for MMA and the UFC, huh? Big fights happened, big fights didn't happen and a half-dozen big events have come and gone. In the month since the last installment of the Bleacher Report read news >>

UFC on Fox 20 Video Highlights: Eddie Wineland TKOs Frankie Saenz

  • 4 days ago
  • 25 views

Bantamweights Eddie Wineland and Frankie Saenz headlined the UFC on Fox 20 preliminary card in Chicago on Saturday. Check out the fight highlights. read news >>