After a rough start to his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career, Eddie Wineland finally got his first victory in the organization 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.
Fans are already discussing the potential outcomes for Wineland vs. Pickett, and essentially all of them end with an ‘of the Night' award. When the two 135-pound warriors enter the cage, they will be swinging for the fences and the winner could be determined by who lands the better shot.
If that's the case, Wineland recently revealed he's in good shape because he hits just "a little bit harder" than Pickett.
"I think I'm faster than him, I think I'm stronger than him, I think I'm longer. Punching power I mean we're going to find out, I think I hit just a little bit harder than him. I know he hits hard but you know, we're going to stand in there I'm going to hit him, he's going to hit me and we're just going to see what happens from there, you know? I think I'm more technical and I think I'm more straightforward and I think that's going to be the key factor, I think I'm going to catch him."
Carrying a deep confidence in himself, specifically his striking, going into UFC 155, Wineland was asked if he considers himself the hardest hitter in the UFC at 135-pounds. The American would not answer the question directly, but said look at his past work and make your own judgment, pointing out his previous fight against Jorgensen as an example.
"I'm not going to say I am, but I did just knock out Scott Jorgensen when nobody else could. So, that being said, even Pickett -- Pickett fought Jorgensen and he couldn't do that to him, so I don't know I mean I guess that's an opinion, so I'm not going to say yes, I'm not going to say no, but I'm definitely up there."
There's only one way to find out who packs the bigger punch between Wineland and Pickett, and that's to put them in the cage together. At UFC 155 in just a few days time, that's exactly what's going to happen.
Is Wineland the hardest hitter in the bantamweight division? If not, where do you think his punching power stacks up against the rest of the UFC's 135-pound fighters?
Let us know in the comments section below, Maniacs!