A lot of people don’t believe Wineland deserves a title-shot. Though the odds are against him, Wineland is also fortunate because there isn’t a lot pressure to succeed. With little to lose, he can go for broke and at minimum exit the effort with respect from a whole new contingent of fans. Attacking aggressively could also create an opportunity to land a sequence of strikes setting up a TKO win. Barao’s chin is good but it’s still made out of flesh and blood.
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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