eddie-wineland-renan-barao-featured.jpg

As one of just three fighters in MMA to have shared the octagon with both Renan Barao and Urijah Faber, UFC bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland has a good feel of what both men have to offer.

Wineland was the victim of a highlight-reel knockout from Barao at UFC 165 this past September, while he lost a narrow decision to “The California Kid” in his UFC debut at UFC 128 in March 2011.

With the experience of being bested by both men’s skill sets, Wineland can gauge how his former foes match up against one another.

Even though Barao is favored to win tonight’s UFC 169 main event against Faber, which takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Wineland says he smells an upset in the air.

It is a significant matchup for the future of the UFC bantamweight division, which means Wineland has a vested interest in the outcome as he believes a few more strong performances against the division’s “top guys” will get him back in the conversation for another championship fight.

With the UFC 169 headliner featuring Barao (31-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Faber (30-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) just hours away, Wineland breaks down all the major aspects of the matchup and shares who he believes will leave “The Garden State” with UFC gold.

Striking
I think if Faber presses forward and doesn’t let him get his kicks off, he’ll win the striking. I think that’s where I made my mistake against Barao. I planted my feet and I let him spin and I gave him the distance to throw those kicks. If Faber presses the issue and is either all in or all out, it’s going to nullify Barao’s kicks.

Grappling
I think Faber on paper is a better wrestler, but MMA-wise the whole wrestling changes. It doesn’t so much go out the window, but when you start adding punches and kicks and elbow and knees – wrestling changes. Barao’s MMA wrestling is phenomenal. He hasn’t been taken down in the UFC. I think it is possible for Faber to take him down, but I think it’s going to be extremely hard and he’ll have a hard time holding him there.

Short Notice for Faber
I don’t think it’s going to effect him very much. I think Urijah is a guy who is always training. I think he’s always ready for a fight and I think he knew this was probably a possibility. It only makes sense. He got four wins in a row, and if for some reason someone got hurt in this title fight, he should be the next one. I think he knew that was a possibility and he was ready for it.

X-Factor
I think Faber [has the x-factor]. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I agree with Dana White that he’s in that Vitor Belfort zone where he’s getting older, but he’s getting better. His last couple fights, you look at [Michael] McDonald, he’s ranked No. 3 right now. He just ran right through like McDonald didn’t even matter. He just ran right through him, and that was a big statement. He’s supposed to be No. 3 in the world and he made him look like he doesn’t belong there. That means a lot.

Official Prediction
I think Faber is going to win by decision.

For more on UFC 169, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White Wants Amanda Nunes to Pump the Breaks on Featherweight Title Talk (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

Dana White wants UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to "pump the breaks" on her plan to challenge the inaugural women's UFC featherweight champion. read news >>

'Jacare' Souza vs. Tim Boetsch: Joe Rogan UFC 208 Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the upcoming UFC 208 middleweight fight between veterans Jacare Souza and Tim Boetsch. read news >>

Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie: UFC 208 Joe Rogan Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the main event of UFC 208 between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for the first ever featherweight championship. read news >>

5 Reasons Why We Don't Need a UFC Women's Featherweight Title Fight... Yet | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 13 views

The UFC needs a women's featherweight division, but we don't quite need this title fight to happen on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 208 One to Watch: Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller | FIGHTLAND

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 views

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC The UFC returns on Saturday night to New York for UFC 208 at the Barclays Center—its first ever show in Brooklyn. UFC 208 will host the inaugural women’s featherweight read news >>

UFC 208 early weigh-in results: Inaugural title fight set with Holm, de Randamie under championship weight

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC 208 fighter weigh-ins, where the promotion’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight was made offici read news >>

UFC 208: Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie Weigh-in Video Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 11 views

The fighters competing on Saturday's UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie pay-per-view fight card weighed in on Friday in Brooklyn, New York. read news >>

Video replay: UFC 208 fighter weigh-ins in Brooklyn

  • 14 days ago
  • 10 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Check out a video replay of today’s ceremonial UFC 208 fighter weigh-ins.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Reports: Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway featherweight title unification fight planned for UFC 212 in Brazil

  • 14 days ago
  • 4 views

Max Holloway has been wanting to know “Where’s Jose ‘Waldo’?” The answer appears to be that he can find him in a few months in Brazil. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 208 ceremonial weigh-in photos: A new title fight is set in Brooklyn

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 views

Check out our exclusive photo gallery from the UFC 208 ceremonial weigh-ins inside.Filed under: Featured, News, Photo Gallery, UFC read news >>