A “must win” fight where future contendership is concerned has been booked for the UFC’s return to network television in late January in the form of Demetrious Johnson vs. Eddie Wineland. Both bantamweights have been to the divisional peak but are freshly off losing performances meaning the man who comes up short at UFC on FOX 2 will have a long road to travel in terms of earning a title-fight in the future.

News of the match-up has been confirmed by the UFC.

Johnson was last seen in October against 135-pound king Dominick Cruz, a bout he lost on the scorecards in large part due to his inability to fend off the champion’s takedowns or handle the general size difference between the two. "Mighty Mouse” holds an overall record of 9-2 with notable victories over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Miguel Torres.

Johnson Content at 135 but Waiting for Flyweight

Wineland, WEC’s inaugural bantamweight title-holder, has gone 0-2 since transitioning to the UFC but is 18-8-1 overall with fourteen finishing performances.

UFC on FOX 2 features two bouts for contendership with Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis determining the top challenger at 205-pounds and Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz doing the same for middleweights.


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