Even though Wineland doesn’t want to be on the mat with Barao it could be a necessary tactic at certain points in their tilt. If Wineland is able to take Barao down in the final minute of a few rounds he might be able to take advantage of the shoddy state of MMA judging. In general, fighters who are on top at the end of a round tend to see the frame scored in their favor, so keeping things close and producing some takedowns could be enough to get Wineland the win.
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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