As far as Eddie Wineland is concerned, his UFC 161 fight with Renan Barao shouldn’t need five rounds.
The two will meet for the interim UFC bantamweight title in June, and Wineland (20-8-1) is anticipating an early finish.
“My training for this fight is no different,” Wineland said, during a pre-fight press conference earlier this week. “Maybe I’m training a little more grappling, maybe pushing a little harder for a 25-minute fight; but I don’t intend for it to go 25 minutes. I believe I am stronger, faster, hit harder, and am a better wrestler. June 15, we will find out who has the advantage.”
Wineland has won his last two to position himself as the next challenger to Barao. He defeated both Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett in 2012.
While not overlooking the Brazilian, Wineland did make it known that should he win, there would be no sitting around and waiting for Dominick Cruz to heal up to unify the titles.
“Given that I beat Renan, it depends on Dominick,” Wineland stated. “If he’s not healthy enough to compete, he’s not healthy enough to compete. I wouldn’t want to lay inactive. Whatever the UFC decides; I don’t want to lay sidelined.”