Eddie Wineland clashes with Yves Jabouin at UFC on FOX in Chicago

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Eddie Wineland takes on Yves Jabouin in his upcoming bout.
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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


Former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will get the chance to compete close to home as he returns to action at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Thomson in Chicago taking on Canadian Yves Jabouin on the upcoming Jan 25 fight card.

Wineland (20-9-1), who trains and lives in close by Indiana, will return for the first time since suffering a knockout loss to UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao in September. The defeat broke Wineland's two fight win streak the helped him climb to the top of the division to earn a shot at the belt.

With the bantamweight division as competitive as its ever been, Wineland wants to get back to his winning ways as he gets the chance to fight in his backyard of Chicago.

Hoping to derail his homecoming will be Yves Jabouin (19-8) as he looks to build on a recent split decision win over Dustin Pague in June. Training under coach Firas Zahabi and the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Jabouin has put together an impressive 4-1 record over his last five fights and he now has an opportunity to beat a former WEC champion and take a major step forward in the division.

The 135-pound showdown between Wineland and Jabouin will take place on the preliminary portion of the undercard for the upcoming UFC on FOX show in Chicago with their fight likely airing on FOX Sports 1.

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