Eddie Wineland


To meet Sean O'Malley at UFC 250
May 21, 2020
Wineland will take on Sean O'Malley in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 250 on June 6, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Wineland last competed in June of 2019, stopping Grigorii Popov in the second round via strikes to snap a two-fight losing streak. He was scheduled to face Marlon Vera at UFC Columbus in March, but that turned out to be one of many events derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Wineland will be giving up four inches in height and three inches in reach to O'Malley, a top prospect that is 3-0 under the UFC banner. O'Malley has earned post-fight bonuses in each of his last two bouts, most recently defeating Jose Quinonez via first-round stoppage at UFC 248 this past March. O'Malley has a much greater number with respect to striking volume, but that should even out as the competition gets tougher and sample size increases. O'Malley also appears to have an edge in offensive wrestling, though Wineland sports a tremendous 86 percent takedown defense over a much, much larger sample size. With that in mind, look for this one to primarily play out on the feet.
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Next fight uncertain
April 6, 2020
Wineland will no longer face Marlon Vera at UFC Columbus on March 28, as the event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UFC looks to be moving on from this scheduled matchup, with Vera now set to face Ray Borg at the relocated UFC 249 on April 18. It's unclear at this time what the immediate future holds for Wineland.
Added to UFC Columbus card
February 28, 2020
Wineland will fight Marlon Vera at UFC Columbus on March 28, MMAFighting.com reports.
Wineland most recently ended a two-fight losing streak via a win over Grigorii Popov at UFC 238, and he'll now look to continue building momentum in Columbus. He's at a one-inch disadvantage in terms of both height and reach, but he could have an advantage on the mat versus Vera.
Turns back the clock
June 8, 2019
Wineland defeated Grigorii Popov via TKO (punches) at 4:47 of Round 2 at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
Wineland came out looking to be aggressive in this fight. He came forward and had a lot of success with his boxing. Towards the end of the first round, Popov started to get on track and that slowed down Wineland. However, in the second round, he got back on track and started connecting with combinations. Popov was clearly hurt from a hook. He tried to stay in the fight, but Wineland was all over him with combinations, and he finished the fight. Coming into this fight, he had dropped two fights in a row, and it looked like he might be near the end of his career. However, he stopped that trend here.
Draws newcomer in Chicago
May 13, 2019
Wineland will take on the debuting Grigory Popov in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Matt Eaton of Fight Nation reports.
Wineland is the veteran of 19 UFC/WEC fights, and while it may seem odd on the surface that he'll get a debuting opponent, Popov is a 35-year-old veteran of multiple Thailand-based promotions. Not surprisingly, Popov is respected for his Muay Thai prowess. While Wineland would seemingly have the advantage on the mat, he hasn't recorded a successful takedown since 2012, so look for this one to stay standing. To break his two-fight losing streak, Wineland will have to avoid power shots coming from unique and spinning angles, the calling card for many Muay Thai specialists.
Falls to Alejandro Perez, drops to 3-5 in last eight fights
July 14, 2018
Wineland lost to Alejandro Perez via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
It continues to be one step forward and two steps back for Wineland. This was a close fight that truly could have gone either way, but Eddie's poor striking defense continues to be his downfall. Wineland is one of the most aggressive fighters on the roster and he is constantly pushing forward, but for all that movement, not enough gets done. He is willing to eat combinations in order to land and it's tough to get ahead on the judge's scorecards fighting like that. A former WEC Bantamweight Champion, Wineland is now 3-5 in his last five fights dating back to September 2013.