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Eddie Wineland On Renan Barao’s 30-Fight Winning Streak: He Hasn’t Fought Me Yet

Posted on by Jeff Cain

Eddie Wineland at WEC 49Knee injuries to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has put the 135-pound world title on hold for nearly two years.  After 8 months with a sidelined titleholder, the UFC elected to crown an interim champion.

Renan Barao and Urijah Faber fought for the interim bantamweight championship at UFC 149 on July 21, 2012.  Barao defeated Faber that night to capture the interim belt, and defended it on Feb. 16, defeating challenger Michael McDonald by submission in the fourth round.

Barao faces an experienced and game Eddie Wineland in the co-main event of UFC 165 on Sept. 21.  Barao hasn’t been defeated since his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2005.  He is on a 30-fight winning streak, but Wineland is out to prove all streaks will eventually come to an end.

“His winning streak is amazing. I mean he’s got what, a 30 fight win streak? That being said, he hasn’t fought me yet,” said Wineland during a recent media conference call.

The 29-year-old former WEC bantamweight champion isn’t thinking about Barao’s winning streak, and views the interim titleholder as nothing more than another opponent.

“He’s just another man, he puts his pants on one leg at a time just like I do, and there’s no reason I can’t beat him,” said Wineland.

UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson takes place on Sept. 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and features two fight bouts.  The Barao vs. Wineland interim bantamweight title fight leads into the light heavyweight championship main event between titleholder Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

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  • Lucas Freire

    I think he doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
    In my opinion McDonald was a much bigger threat. While I have to admit I don’t follow Wineland’s career, his KOs that I’ve seen weren’t a show of technical striking, he was getting hit, the other guy went to trade blows and he gets a hit with his heavy right hand.
    Barao is much more technical, and a much much more smarter fighter, he won’t be trading blows with Wineland, but also won’t be giving him any space.

    • fsunoles10

      cant wait to see mcdonald get another shot if he keeps improving which he is young so im sure he will especially after being so close and not getting the job done.

  • JDMMA

    after fighting you (Eddie) Renan Barao’s winning streak will move to 31

  • shakejunt

    rao rao, renan rao…

  • Arctiicwolf

    That was a beautiful kick, but a terrible stoppage, he was obviously conscious, and the ref pulled barao off while he was punching winelands arms. These guys only get a few title shots in their lifetime, you have to give them a little more of a chance I think. They should have had big Jon reffing that one. These random referees always get nervous and stop big fights early. You need guys like Mcarthy who understand why the fighters are there, to put everything on the line, to fall down, but get back up and show their heart. Its just sad that wineland didnt get the chance.