Eddie Wineland was looking to produce a strong bounce-back effort at UFC on FOX 10, and he certainly delivered against Yves Jabouin. Wineland notched his 11th career knockout by finishing Jabouin in the second round of their bantamweight clash.
You could tell from the scowl on his face during the Octagon introductions that the former WEC bantamweight champ was chomping at the bit to impress in the wake of a TKO loss at UFC 165 against bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Despite that setback, Wineland entered the fight ranked no. 4 and cemented his top-five status in producing the emphatic stoppage in Chicago.
The 34-year old Jabouin had enjoyed a career revival since moving down to bantamweight, posting four victories in his last five bouts, but fell victim to Wineland’s formidable power. Jabouin actually got off to a solid start in the fight in the opening round with an arsenal of kicks and punches. However, the end would come in the middle frame when Wineland landed a thudding body shot and later dropped Jabouin with a hard right hand.
With Jabouin on the canvas, Wineland moved in for the kill. After a submission attempt failed, Wineland employed some brutal ground and pound and blasted away at Jabouin until the referee was left with no choice but to halt the proceedings. The end came at the 4:16 mark of round two.
Wineland improved to 21-9-1 with the victory and levelled his record in the UFC at 3-3. He remains relevant as a top contender in the 135-pound weight class. He should be poised to meet a fellow top-contender in his next fight. Wineland is clearly motivated to continue to string wins together in order to receive another title opportunity down the road. As for Jabouin, the defeat represents a serious setback at this stage of his career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports