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Eddie Wineland Speaks on Losing Interim Bantamweight Title Matchup with Renan Barao

June 12, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

UFC bantamweight and former WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland, recently spoke out on losing his interim bantamweight title shot against reigning interim champion, Renan Barao. Barao had to drop out of their scheduled bout at UFC 161 due to an injury. Below are some highlights:

Wineland on hearing about the injury: “It just sucked a lot (hearing about the injury). I finally get my big shot, and he has an unfortunate injury. I understand injuries happen, and now we just have to hope for a speedy recovery – then we can have our day. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

Wineland on the worst case scenario: “Worst case would be that they come back at the same time. Then they have to fight to unify the belt. If that’s the case, then I guess I’ll have to fight just to justify my spot. It’s a hurry-up-and-wait kind of thing I guess.”

Wineland on wanting to get the title: “Dom is the champ, and I want his belt. Renan was a step in getting to that belt. At this point, it’s just something where we have to hope for the best and take it as it comes, I guess. I’ll watch. It will be a hard pill to swallow, but sooner or later I’ll get my shot – and my belt back.”

Credit: MMAjunkie

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