twitter google

Eddie Wineland Not Looking To Go Five Full Rounds With Renan Barao

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.”

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

Event Date: May 28, 2017
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway

Event Date: June 3, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt

Event Date: June 11, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia

Event Date: June 17, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator NYC/Bellator 180: Sonnen Vs. Silva

Event Date: June 24, 2017
Broadcast: Spike/PPV

UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee

Event Date: June 25, 2017
Broadcast: TBD