Round 1: Pickett strikes first with a leg kick, while Wineland opens up with a good punch combination. Pickett fires back strong, however, landing a combination that gets Wineland’s attention. As promised, Wineland answers back with a right cross. Neither man is pulling punches, but Wineland drops Pickett to one knee with a solid right hand, but Pickett somehow bounces right back into action. Wineland follows with a few more punches that connect before the pace slows back down a bit. Pickett still looks a bit out of sorts, and Wineland lands another hard shot that rocks the Brit. That stokes Pickett’s fires some, but he still looks out of kilter. Wineland, however, is remaining patient, looking for the homerun, but not exhausting himself. Wineland lands a coule more solid shots, but Pickett keeps coming forward, landing the occasional shot of his own, but Wineland is still landing with heavier hands. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Wineland.
Round 2: Both men come out aggressive, each landing a couple good shots to open th round, but Wineland quickly establsihes that he is still the busier fighter, outstriking Pickett about two-to-one. Wineland is doing a good job utilizing his reach with his punches, but Pickett is finally starting to attack his lead leg with low kicks. The pace slows midway through the round, Wineland still being the one to get off and land more punches, snapping Pickett’s head back and mixing in the occasional body shot. Pickett sneaks in a couple left hands in the waning minute of the round, causing a little blood to trickle from around Wineland’s right eye. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Wineland.
Round 3: Pickett opens with successive leg kicks, adn now is trying to follow them up with punches, being more effective than earlier in the fight. Wineland is still showing a lot of movement and landing lots of punch combinations. A couple minutes into the round and Pickett lands a brutal right hand that rocks Wineland’s head back, but Wineland doesn’t give an inch. Pickett having a good round, lands a solid leg kick and follows with a hard hook to the body. Wineland is backing up a lot this round and Pickett relentlessly moving forward, landing lots of hooks. Wineland eats another low kick, but catches it and lands a hard counter right hand. Pickett keeps pressing forward, though, stepping up the volume of his strikes, landing much more now than earlier in the fight. Wineland is almost holding back more now, not firing off as many combinations as Pickett. Pickett dives into the body, throwing blows, and then going high before backing out. Both men keep throwing to the final horn, but neither kind find the sting to put the other away. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Pickett, but the fight 29-28 for Wineland.
Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27), R3