The UFC Fight Night Cincinnati prelims have been immensely entertaining, and we may have just seen the leading candidate for 2014's biggest MMA upset to open up the Fox Sports 2 broadcast.
Johnny Eduardo, who is the Muay Thai coach at Nova Uniao, was coming off a two-year layoff and straight into stiff competition in #4 ranked bantamweight Eddie Wineland. Eduardo closed as a heavy underdog, listed as high as +735. While Eduardo's striking was nothing to scoff at, he'd not been active as of late and had never really been in the discussion as one of the best in the division. That completely changed tonight, as Eduardo managed a terrific 1st round KO of Wineland.
Eduardo was able to crack Wineland a few times prior to the ending sequence, but generally speaking it was evenly matched and neither man had been able to seriously hurt the other. The Brazilian wobbled Wineland with a hard right hand, causing him to stumble backwards before he charged in with another right hand to put him away at the 4:37 mark of the opening round. This was a stunning result but nonetheless a fantastic win for Eduardo (27-9) and equally as devastating a setback for Wineland (21-10-1).
Continue following the UFC Fight Night preliminary card play-by-play right here on Bloody Elbow.