UFC on ESPN 37, headlined by Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett, has quickly become a card to watch, as the UFC continues to add exciting bouts to the lineup. This event is to go down on June 18, 2022, at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
One of those bouts is between former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland and former TXC featherweight champion Cody Stamann.
Following a 3-4-1 start to his career, Wineland won his next nine-straight en route to claiming the inaugural WEC 135 lb championship. He’d lose it in his first defense, but would find a home in the WEC where he put on some stellar performances.
After returning to the promotion on a two-fight knockout streak where he claimed another championship, Wineland would first lose to Rani Yahya (rear naked choke), before winning his next four-straight, ending with two knockouts.
The WEC was then absorbed by the UFC, where Wineland has been ever since.
Though he’d lose his first two fights in the promotion to Urijah Faber (UD) and Joseph Benavidez (UD), Wineland found his groove soon after by defeating former WEC title challenger Scott Jorgensen (KO) and former Cage Rage featherweight champion Brad Pickett (SD).
This granted him an interim title shot against Renan Barao, where he was finished with strikes for the first time in his career. This was back in 2013, Wineland has gone back-and-forth between wins and losses since.
The result of his bout with Barao saw him fall to 20-9-1, and he now sits at 24-15-1, securing knockouts in all four victories since. He has however been knocked out in three of those later defeats, not including his fight with Barao.
Cody Stamann came to the UFC in 2017 with a lot of hype behind him, as he was 14-1 as a professional and also 17-1 as an amateur. That’s a very long, extensive amateur career, and it saw him claim a number of championships.
Upon arriving in the UFC, Stamann won his first three bouts with the promotion before running into Aljamain Sterling, who submitted (Suloev stretch) him in the second round. He’d go 2-0-1 over his next three against the likes of Alejandro Perez (UD), Song Yadong (draw), and Brian Kelleher (UD).
That draw with Yadong was a clear victory for him, it’s a wonder how the judges messed that up, but nonetheless, he was now 19-2-1 as a professional.
Since then however, Stamann has lost his last three-straight to Jimmie Rivera (UD), Merab Dvalishvili (UD), and Said Nurmagomedov (guillotine choke) in just 47 seconds.
Both of these bantamweight talents need a win badly, and look to secure that this June at UFC on ESPN 37.
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I became a fan of combat sports when I was 12 years old. I was scrolling through the channels and landed upon versus, where WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that night. That’s the first fight I saw, and the fight that got me hooked on the sport. Since then, the sport has grown so rapidly, and my goal is to enlighten everyone on what’s going on in the sport today.