An exciting bantamweight clash is part of this weekend’s UFC on FOX 10 card in Chicago. Recent title challenger Eddie Wineland will be looking to bounce back from a loss and solidify his top-five status when he squares off against Yves Jabouin. This contest has the makings of producing plenty of fireworks in the stand-up game. Wineland has 10 knockouts to his credit in 20 career victories, while “Tiger” has recorded 11 knockout wins.
Wineland returns to action for the first time since suffering a second-round TKO loss to 135-pound kingpin Renan Barao at UFC 165. It was the first time in his career that the ultra-tough Wineland had been stopped via strikes. He knows a solid rebound win is needed in order to stay relevant in the weight class.
Wineland has just two wins in five Octagon appearances, with his most impressive effort being a stoppage victory over former top-10 contender Scott Jorgensen. Wineland has been battle-tested against elite competition during his stint in the UFC, having lost to Barao, Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez. He has plenty of confidence in his outstanding boxing skills and takes pride in his striking game.
He should be getting a combatant who is more than willing to trade punches in Jabouin. For the latter, this fight represents a huge opportunity to make a major impact within the division. It’s the highest-profile contest for the 34-year old since joining the promotion.
Jabouin has enjoyed some success since making the move down to bantamweight, registering four victories in his last five bouts. His lone defeat during that stretch was a knockout loss at the hands of the hard-hitting Brad Pickett. His most recent effort was a split-decision victory at UFC 161 over Dustin Pague. Jabouin has a diversified arsenal with strong kicks and punches being his calling card, and will get a true test in Wineland.
With the styles of both competitors, this one has the makings of being a potential thriller. Jabouin will be looking to continue his positive momentum as a bantamweight, while Wineland will be highly motivated to deliver a strong effort after a failed title bid his last time out.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports