By Jake Chastain
| It was made official today that UFC bantamweight #1 contender Eddie Wineland was taken off of the UFC 161 card completely. He was originally slated to face off with Renan Baroa on June 15th for the UFC interim bantamweight title at the upcoming 161 event but an injury to Baroa (torn ligaments in his foot) took the interim champ out of the fight. That left Wineland stranded on the card without an opponent.
Days went by and no replacement was given to Wineland. The UFC even replaced his original main-event booking with the co-main between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans. It wasn’t until today that we finally gained word that the company has taken him off of the UFC 161 card and will look to rebook him for an upcoming event. However, that rebooking may not be with Barao or even for the title.
It looks like Lady Luck isn’t playing nice with Mr. Wineland.
Wineland, who is ranked #5 in most bantamweight world rankings, is currently riding a two fight winning streak with impressive wins over Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. Those wins came after he dropped his first two fights in the UFC to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez. Faber is also a highly ranked contender in the division and although the two have already fought, with both champion Dominick Cruz and interim champ Renan Baroa sidelined with injuries, that fight seems to make sense. Faber is also waiting to hear from the UFC on his next opponent.
So what do you think fight fans? Is the UFC doing Wineland dirty or are the circumstances just not on his side? And who should Wineland face next? Let’s hear some opinions Penn Nation!