The co-main event of UFC 128 saw the octagon debut of two of the best bantamweight fighters today. Former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland faced off in a match-up that could potentially determine a future title contender.
Wineland was able to stuff Faber against the fence early on, staggering his offense and minimized damage. The Midwest fighter was able to take Faber down on a few occasions while Urijah was unable to succeed with his own attempts. The “California Kid” utilized his hand speed and quickness to balance his unsuccessful takedown attempts.
Faber secured a takedown in the second round and proceeded to attack with his trademark short elbows. The Team Alpha Male fighter punished Wineland from his guard for the duration of the second.
Urijah came out the aggressor in the final round, moving forward and countering accurately. The former featherweight champion took Wineland down with a little over a minute remaining to help earn him a unanimous decision and his first UFC victory.
“I felt pretty good. He caught me off guard. Eddie has a bright future here,” commented Faber afterwards.
“I want to get that UFC belt. Dominick Cruz, hide your kids, hide your wife,” jested Faber. “I’m coming for that belt.”