UFC on FX preview: Jorgensen-Wineland
Scott Jorgensen (13-5) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-8-1)
Bantamweight contenders round out the main card as two top talents look to rebound from disappointing setbacks.
Jorgensen, 29, was no match for Brazilian No. 1 contender Renan Barao this past February, losing a largely one-sided unanimous decision. The loss erased back-to-back victories over Jeff Curran and Ken Stone under the UFC banner.
A three-time Pac-10 champion and NCAA Division I wrestler, Jorgensen has adapted well to mixed martial arts, earning a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and developing an improving striking game.
The Combat Fitness product will need to rely on his wrestling fundamentals to dictate the pace against the first-ever WEC bantamweight champion.
Wineland, 27, dropped his last two fights against Team Alpha Male standouts Joseph Benavidez and Urijah Faber. The losses snapped his four-fight winning streak in the WEC, which included knockouts of Ken Stone and Will Campuzano and decisions over George Roop and Manny Tapia.
One of the pioneering figures at 135 pounds, Wineland is desperately hoping to resurrect his career in the UFC after going 0-2.
The New Breed Academy pupil has earned half of his career wins by form of knockout, a testament to his deceptive power and striking prowess.
However, Wineland's wrestling was his fundamental downfall in his last two setbacks, a key element Jorgensen will be looking to exploit.
Wineland is always one combination away from ending a fight in emphatic fashion and Jorgensen's standup has its fair share of holes. But Jorgensen's suffocating control should be the difference maker as he scores takedown after takedown, grinding on his adversary to notch a decision.
Verdict: Jorgensen via decision