The first-ever WEC bantamweight champion back in 2006, Wineland has consistently fought the best 135-pound fighters in the world in his nine years as a professional. After two failed attempts against Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, Wineland finally got his first UFC victory with a highlight-reel knockout of Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FX 3 last June.
It was the first time Jorgensen had ever been finished with strikes in his 19-fight career and the win immediately put Wineland on the radar as one of the most dangerous fighters in the bantamweight division. Next up for the 28-year-old is a UFC 155 meeting with Brad Pickett in a clash of arguably the two hardest hitters in the weight class.
With the Dec. 29 fight roughly eight-weeks away and Wineland beginning to get into the thick of his preparation, he took the time to speak with Mike Bohn of FightCove.com to discuss the match up with Pickett, how his punching power lines up with the rest of the division, how he feels about his fight not taking place on the UFC 155 main card, a future title shot and more.