Former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland are expected to square off in their UFC debuts at “UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans” on March 19 in Newark, New Jersey, according to MMAFighting.com, with the winner likely to earn a shot at Dominick Cruz’s bantamweight title.
Faber (24-4) choked out Takeya Mizugaki in his 135-pound debut in November after the former featherweight champ dropped 3 of his last 5 at 145-pounds, while Wineland (18-6-1) scored a first-round slam KO of Ken Stone earlier this month for his fourth-straight win.
The matchup rules Faber out as a potential coach for The Ultimate Fighter 13 opposite Cruz, leaving Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar as the most-likely option.
The UFC 128 fight card is headlined by light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. former title-holder Rashad Evans and also includes Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko Cro Cop.
Pictured: Urijah Faber