Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (24-4) and Eddie Wineland (18-6-1), who once held the promotion’s bantamweight strap, could face off at UFC 128 in Newark, N.J., on March 19, according to MMAFighting.com.
It will be the first fight for both men since the UFC-WEC merger and could go a long way in determining the next opponent for UFC bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz.
Faber won the 145-pound WEC title in 2006 and defended the belt five times, including a decision win over Cruz at WEC 26. That is Cruz’s only professional setback to date.
After losing three of his last five as a featherweight, Faber made the move to 135 and defeated Takeya Mizugaki with a first round rear naked choke submission at WEC 52.
Wineland lost the WEC title to Chase Beebe at WEC 26. But since then, he’s quietly gone 6-1 in his last seven matches, including wins in his last four WEC bouts. At WEC 53 on Dec. 16, Wineland scored a highlight-reel slam KO win over Ken Stone.
The fight card for UFC 128 is starting to look quite impressive, particularly for an east coast event. In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is set to defend the title against top contender Rashad Evans. Other rumored bouts include a match-up of two high octane lightweight strikes, Edson Mendes Junior (Edson Barboza) vs. Anthony Njokuani, and Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle in a welterweight bout.