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It looks like the UFC's next Fox broadcast has its first fight, and it's a bantamweight scrap between recent title contender, Demetrious Johnson, and former WEC champ, Eddie Wineland. MMA Weekly brings news of the booking:
Sources close to the match-up confirmed verbal agreements are in place for the bout when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
"Mighty Mouse" fought with a lot of heart in his title shot against Dominick Cruz back on October 1st, but the champ still remained firmly in control of the bout, taking the unanimous decision and sending Johnson back down the ladder. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for the Matt Hume-trained Johnson, although many look at his win over Miguel Torres, which earned him the title shot, as a controversial decision.
Wineland was the first ever WEC bantamweight champ, and was riding a four-fight winning streak of his own when he made his UFC debut against Urijah Faber last spring. Although Faber was simply too much for Wineland to handle, the Indiana native was competitive, and not dominated by Faber like so many others have been. Unfortunately for Wineland, the UFC booked him to face Faber's training partner, Joseph Benavidez, and although Wineland's takedown defense was excellent, he was still hesitant to engage on the feet, and ended up getting outstruck by the wrestler for another decision loss.
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (11-2)
L Dominick Cruz (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 6
Win Miguel Torres (unam. decision) - UFC 130
Win Norifumi Yamamoto (unam. decision) - UFC 126
Eddie Wineland (18-8-1)
L Joseph Benavidez (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 5
L Urijah Faber (unam. decision) - UFC 128
W Ken Stone (KO) - WEC 53