Though still a few months away, the card for the UFC’s second show on FOX is already starting to take form with a handful of possible match-ups surfacing including a recently revealed bantamweight bout between recent contender Demetrious Johnson and former WEC champion Eddie Wineland.
Both 135ers are looking to bounce back from decision defeats making the January 28 fight important for reasons beyond divisional relevance.
News of the potential pairing was first reported by MMAWeekly.
The 9-2 Johnson was last seen taking on 135-pound title-holder Dominick Cruz in the main event at UFC Live 6 where he fought valiantly but fell on the judges scorecards after being taken down to the ground and controlled for the bulk of the bout’s duration. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for “Mighty Mouse” including wins over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Miguel Torres.
On the other hand, Wineland is 0-2 in 2011 after being outpointed by Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez. The 27-year old holds an overall record of 18-8-1 with nine TKOS and five submissions.
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MMATraining Take: Hopefully this fight takes place as it’s hard to believe it would result in anything but a highly-entertaining, energetic scrap. On the flipside, talk about a tough run for Wineland given his last two tussles and this rumored one. Hopefully he’ll be an exception to the rule if he loses to Johnson (his third consecutive stumble).