Wineland has been finished four times in a 29-fight career with three of the stoppages coming by way of submission. Likewise, Barao has fourteen tap-outs to his credit in comparison to six TKOs. Based on numbers alone it is clear Wineland has to be wary of time spent on his back. He needs to be ready to stuff every takedown attempt Barao throws his way. Doing so could very well make the difference between having a chance at winning and going to sleep.
There haven’t been much bigger underdogs than UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland when it comes to a top contenders taking on a champion, as he is tonight at UFC 165 in the form of a fight against Renan Barao, but that doesn’t mean the 29-year old’s defeat is a foregone conclusion. Rather, as anyone who follows MMA understands, a fight is still a fight and even the biggest favorites have fallen against unlikely victors. Wineland can certainly follow suit with a little luck and a lot of technique. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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