Opening Friday night's UFC on FX 3 will be WEC veterans Eddie Wineland (18-8-1; 0-2 UFC) and Scott Jorgensen (13-5; 2-1 UFC). This Bantamweight fight is the first of four main card fights. The USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings currently have Jorgensen ranked as the #6 Bantamweight in the world with Wineland at #23. The main card airs live on FX Friday night at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Both of these fighters are coming in off a loss, but in the relatively thin Bantamweight division, either man could be very relevant with a win. This seems more set up as a showcase for Jorgensen, whose only recent loses come against Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz. He's stuck just outside of title contention at the moment, but gets a good chance to reclaim his spot here. For his part, Wineland is looking to stay alive in the UFC.
How do these two stack up?
Wineland: 27 years old | 5'7" | 69" reach
Jorgensen: 29 years old | 5'4" | 66" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Although 2 years younger than Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland comes into this fight the more seasoned veteran. Wineland made his pro debut in 2003 at just 18 years old. He fought throughout the Midwest before coming to the WEC in 2006, defeating Antonio Banuelos to become the inaugural WEC Bantamweight champion. He's been permanently under the Zuffa banner since 2009 and put together a nice 4-1 run at the close of the WEC, but has struggled with the jump to the UFC, losing to both Faber and Benavidez. On a 2 fight losing streak, his UFC job could be on the line here.
Scott Jorgensen is a skilled collegiate wrestler, who was just 4-1 when he made his WEC debut in 2008. One of the company's most active fighters, Jorgensen took 10 fights in his two and a half years in the WEC, with his only loses coming against Damacio Page, Antonio Banuelos, and Dominick Cruz. Jorgensen is always a contender at Bantamweight, but with recent loses to both Cruz and Barao, it will be tough for him to find his way into a title shot without a Urijah Faber win to set it up.
Why should you care?
Bantamweight fights are consistently fun. These two probably won't have the crazy fast pace of some other BW action, but it should still entertain.
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