In the UFC 155 FX prelim feature bout, Eddie Wineland picked up a split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) over Brad Pickett. Both Wineland (20-8-1) and Pickett (22-7) moved to 2-2 as UFC Bantamweights.
Wineland's counter right hand was the story of this fight. Twice in the first round he dropped Pickett by coming over the left hook. It looked like he'd get the finish in that round but couldn't close the deal. Pickett did better in the following 10 minutes, but still ate a lot of shots and had trouble establishing his own offense. The 28-29 score in favor of Pickett is an extreme outlier and another example of bad judging at UFC 155. Luckily the other two officials got the call right.
What was the high point of the fight?
The two time Wineland dropped Pickett in the first. Great time and good movement to set up those strikes.
Where do they go from here?
That win puts Wineland on a two fight streak over top 10 135 lb fighters. Unless the UFC thinks Urijah Faber needs another shot at the gold, Wineland should challenge the winner of Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald for the interim belt.
The loss seems to set a pattern for "One Punch". His last three losses have come each time he's faced off against the elite of the division. His sole elite win is a UD over former contender BW contender and current Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson in 2010. It looks like he may be destined to stand just outside the top of the 135 lb division.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it later. It's a solid performance from Wineland but there's a couple great fights coming up on the main card that deserve your attention more.