Wineland vs. Faber Set For UFC 128

A bantamweight tilt between former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland is on tap for UFC 128 this March. first reported the match up earlier today.

Faber, who sat cageside at WEC 53, witnessing a dominant performance by current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz against Scott Jorgensen, was called out by the title-holder immediately following the contest, and a victory in this fight would almost certainly earn him a title shot. He last fought against Takeya Mizugaki in his bantamweight debut, earning a submission victory.

Meanwhile, the first-ever WEC bantamweight champion Wineland has dominant since late 2009, earning four victories in as many fights. The winning streak includes wins over Manny Tapia, George Roop, and Will Campuzano. He last fought at the final WEC event, the aforementioned WEC 53, earning a knockout victory against Ken Stone in the opening round. Like Faber, the former champion could very well be in line for a title shot if he is to defeat Faber.

UFC 128 will be the promotion’s third trip to New Jersey and is likely for March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark. A light heavyweight championship between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans will likely serve as the evening’s main event, though neither that fight, nor any others have been made official.

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