Due to the fact Renan Barao has gone undefeated in 31 bouts, is the reigning interim bantamweight champ and the UFC’s #7 ranked P4P fighter, most fans and pundits seem to believe Eddie Wineland won’t take the belt at UFC 165. Of course, Wineland has impressed in his recent outings, and has scored some big wins, but the bantamweight will head into the September 21st card as a fairly sizeable undergod on the betting lines.
Not surprisingly, the former WEC champ is confident he’ll be facing reigning champ Dominick Cruz when he returns next year, as this is what Wineland had to say about Barao during a recent media call (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“His win streak is amazing,” Wineland said. “That being said, he hasn’t fought me yet. So he’s going to see where his win streak stands.
“He’s just another man. He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like I do. There’s no reason I can’t beat him.”
That’s a good way of looking at it. Of course, Wineland was supposed to fight Barao at UFC 161 in June, but after the champ withdrew due to injury, it wasn’t clear if the vet would get his title shot.
“They told me to keep training as if I were fighting. As it got delayed longer and longer, the worry [was] that Dominick (Cruz) was going to come back and they were going to fight. There was so many different factors in there that until I got that call, ‘Hey, you’re fighting Renan again,’ I was on edge and I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen.”
The card is certainly stacked for UFC 165 and Barao-Wineland is a key reason why. Stay tuned to MMA Convert.com for all your UFC news and coverage.