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