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UFC 155 fight card primer: Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland

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When their division currently in flux, two exciting fighters well look to shove their way to the front of the line at UFC 155. Both men have similar styles and always bring excitement, and the bout could very well be a contender for the fight of the night. Brad Pickett (22-6, 2-1 UFC ) faces off with Eddie Wineland (19-8-1, 1-2 UFC).

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 UFC 155 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?

Pickett: W - Yves Jabouin (KO) | W - Damacio Page (SUB) | L - Renan Barao (SUB)
Wineland: W - Scott Jorgensen (SUB) | L - Joseph Benavidez (UD) | L- Urijah Faber (UD)

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?