It might be a cheap tactic, but Wineland needs to pull out all the stops if seeking success against Barao. That means using elbows as often as possible. He isn’t likely to finish Barao with such strikes, but he can still bring about the tilt’s end by opening up a notable gash or two. Also, how Barao reacts to adversity is still unknown, and seeing his own blood could cause a major shift in how the pairing plays out.
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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