A lot of fans complained about the decision to give Eddie Wineland (20-8-1) a title-shot after only stringing together two wins on the heels of back-to-back losses, one of which came to current flyweight Joseph Benavidez. Wineland can prove their collective concern to be unfounded by looking sharp for at least a few rounds against brilliant Brazilian Renan Barao even if he ultimately ends up losing. Otherwise, it will mark a forgettable defense for the interim champion and in some ways tarnish the belt.
Every fight has story behind it even if the tilt’s tale is as simple as two athletes looking to incapacitate the other and bring home a win. However, digging deeper reveals additional angles worth considering when it comes to a particular pairing. The lineup for UFC 165 is no different in that regard with more than one match-up involving intrigue outside of the basics. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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