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Johnny Bedford steps in to face Eddie Wineland in January

Eddie Wineland did not have to wait long to find out his next opponent, as the featherweight will meet Johnny Bedford at UFC on FOX 2. Wineland was slated to face Demetrious Johnson on the January 28 card, but Johnson was moved to the UFC flyweight tournament.

UFC on FOX 2 will feature a main event pitting Rashad Evans against Phil Davis>, along with a co-main event of Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz. Bedford-Wineland is slated for the prelim card, one of the full lot that will be televised by FUEL TV.

Bedford, who advanced to the semifinals of TUF 14, defeated Louis Gaudinot in his UFC debut earlier this month at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. On his Twitter account, Bedford wrote, “It’s official! I am fighting ex WEC champ Eddie Wineland at UFC on FOX in Chicago on Jan 28.”

Wineland is a former WEC champion who has dropped back-to-back decisions to >Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez. Wineland is 18-8-1 in his career.