Though it’s been overshadowed by bouts receiving a bit more mainstream attention, the bantamweight match-up between Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland at UFC 155 shouldn’t be written off. The pairing not only has Fight of the Night potential but also divisional impact, as both men are among the top 135ers in the sport.
Adding importance to the affair, the top of the weight-class is wide open thanks to an untimely run of injuries for linear champion Dominick Cruz and losses from some of the competitors thought to be in line to eventually challenge the interim title-holder (currently Renan Barao). As such, Pickett is confident the clash could earn him a crack at the belt with the same being true of Wineland depending on how things go.
“I don’t like to look beyond an opponent, but I think him or me winning this fight, we’re next in line, to be honest. If he beats me, then he’s beat two guys in the Top 10 and he’s right up there. If I beat him, that means I’ve won three in a row with a win over a guy in the Top 10, so that puts me there,” said Pickett to MMAJunkie.
Pickett is coming off consecutive finishes over Damacio Page and Yves Jabouin, while Wineland knocked out the always-game Scott Jorgensen in the second round of his most recent rumble. While “One Punch” isn’t ready to offer a prediction on how things will turn out in their tilt, he was quick to assure fans will enjoy what they see come showtime this Saturday night.
“If it ends in a knockout, great, and if it ends in 15 minutes, you’ll know it’s been an exciting 15 minutes,” Pickett stated.
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