Wineland, Pegado confident heading into UFC 165

Renan (Barao) Pegado and Eddie Wineland face off at the UFC 165 news conference in Toronto on...

Renan (Barao) Pegado and Eddie Wineland face off at the UFC 165 news conference in Toronto on Thursday. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Though he’s a sizable underdog, Eddie Wineland has no doubt in his mind he will break Renan (Barao) Pegado this weekend.

How exactly? Through the power of hard work, dedication and, of course, heavy metal.

“I get (into this mindset) when I listen to heavy metal music, I kind of flip a switch,” Wineland told the Sun on Thursday. “I turn on Slayer or Hatebreed and you can see my whole face change.

“When I’m angry, I’m on point, and when I decide I’m going to win, I’m going to win.”

Wineland challenges Pegado for the interim bantamweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

To hear most fans and media members break down the scrap, few seem to think Wineland has as many different paths to victory as Pegado.

The Brazilian is known for his diverse striking game — which includes a variety of powerful kicks, knees and elbows — and is considered equally dangerous on the mat.


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