A month after getting back in the win column in Chicago, Eddie Wineland has booked his next fight.
Wineland (21-9-1, 3-3 UFC), a Westville-based bantamweight, will stay in the Midwest for a fight against Johnny Eduardo (26-9, 1-1 UFC) this spring in Cincinnati.
The bout will be part of a UFC "Fight Night" card at U.S. Bank Arena on May 10. The UFC has not been to Cincinnati since October 2007.
Wineland this past month knocked out Yves Jabouin in the second round at UFC on FOX 10 at Chicago's United Center. That win got him back on track after an interim bantamweight title fight loss to champ Renan Barao in September in Toronto.
The win gave Wineland three victories in his past four fights. Afterward, he said he hoped to stay active in 2014, and preferably against top-tier names in the 135-pound division so he could work his way back toward another shot at the title.
In this case for Wineland, he'll have to be happy with the stay active portion of his request. Eduardo will have gone nearly two years since his last fight when he meets Wineland, and with just two fights in the UFC he's not the A-list type of name Wineland was hoping for.
Most of Eduardo's wins came on the regional circuit in his native Brazil. In 2009, he had one fight for Bellator, then three more wins in Brazil as part of an 11-fight win streak that got him a shot in the UFC. After a loss to Raphael Assuncao in his debut, he beat Chicago-area native Jeff Curran in May 2012. Since then, injuries have derailed Eduardo's career.
Tickets on sale for Bellator 112 in Hammond: Tickets remain on sale for Bellator MMA's return to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on March 14.
The show, which is a 21-and-over event due to its location inside a casino with no other external entrance to the venue, features a featherweight title fight between champion Daniel Straus and former champ Pat Curran, who trains in the north suburbs.
Tickets range from $47 to $145, plus fees, and are available through Ticketmaster or The Venue box office. In addition, VIP suites are available for $175, which includes food and drink.
Region fighters on the card, or fighters who have fought in the area, include Nathan Coy (13-4), Belal Muhammad (3-0), Rob Menigoz (6-1), Lance Surma (2-0), Bobby Reardanz (8-12) and Anthony Gomez (7-2).
Guida returns for fight in Abu Dhabi: In his 44-fight MMA career, Clay Guida has only fought outside the United States three times — once in Mexico, once in Japan and once in Northern Ireland.
But next month, "The Carpenter" will head to the Middle East for a fight in Abu Dhabi. Guida (30-14, 10-8 UFC), a native of Johnsburg, Ill., who once trained in Tinley Park, including for a fight at the Hammond Civic Center in 2005, will meet Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 39 in the United Arab Emirates.
Guida will fight for the first time since a loss this past August to Chad Mendes in Milwaukee. Although Guida has been stopped before, Mendes became the first fighter to knock him out. Against Japanese veteran Kawajiri, Guida will fight for just the third time at featherweight, where he's 1-1, after a lengthy career as a lightweight.