Barao’s speed is uncanny and has left opponents like Urijah Faber, Brad Pickett, and Michael McDonald guessing at what’s to come. Wineland needs to neutralize the Brazilian’s quickness by clinching with him against the cage, attacking his body, and showing Barao they teach leg kicks outside of Nova Uniao too. Bringing Barao down a few notches when it comes to fastness will be a tough task to accomplish, but then again so is beating an adversary as brilliant as the 26-year old title-holder in general.
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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