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We have a battle between two struggling Bantamweights, as Cody “Spartan” Stamann takes on Eddie Wineland. Staring at the only losing streak in his career, Stamann comes into this fight looking to avoid dropping a fourth straight. With his UFC tenure perhaps on the line, expect Stamann to enter this fight with immense urgency to win. Meanwhile, Wineland comes into this fight desperately needing to get back in the win column. A loser of two straight and four of the last five, the former WEC stalwart’s career may be riding on the result of this fight.
It’s hard not to side with Stamann in this fight. Previous to this three fight skid, Stamann had only lost two times in twenty-two fights – with one of them being to the current Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling. A wrestler, who has a volume-based striking attack, Stamann is a solid fighter who’s currently in a rut. Competition being definitely part of that rut, Stamann finds himself in a very winnable fight. No disrespect to Wineland, but clearly at the tail end of his career, the striker doesn’t possess the durability or speed that once made him feared to stand across from. While it should be noted that Wineland has excellent takedown defense, with only one takedown landed on him in eleven years, I do believe Stamann still would win a striking battle should he fail to execute wrestling-wise. So with that said, I predict that Stamann will win via decision.