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Pickett currently sits in the four spot at Bantamweight on the Bloody Elbow Meta-Rankings, while Wineland is in the five spot. The winner of this bout could be in line for a title shot against the winner of the interim title fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7. This bantamweight fight will be the featured bout of the preliminary card, and will be aired live on FX. The FX portion of the broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Pickett: 34 years old | 5'6" | 68" reach
Wineland: 28 years old | 5'7" | 69" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Brad "One Punch" Pickett is a British fighter who came over to the WEC in 2009. After winning three of his four fights there, he was brought over to the UFC and made his debut against Renan Barao. He lost that bout, but picked up finishes over Damacio Page and Yves Jabouin. All three of his UFC fights have earned him performance bonuses, and he'll be looking for four in a row (and a title shot) with a win over Wineland.
Eddie Wineland is probably best-known as the first WEC bantamweight champion. After he lost the belt at WEC 26, he was out of the organization for two years until he returned at WEC 40. He was submitted by Rani Yahya that night, but turned things around with four wins in a row (and two knockouts of the night). His first two UFC fights were against top guys Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, and he dropped decisions in both. He rebounded with a crushing knockout of former title challenger Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FX 3, and a win over Pickett would be huge for his career.
Why should you care?
This should be an awesome fight between two evenly-matched guys with a flair for the dramatic. FOTN anyone?