Round 1 - Reeferee Josh Rosenthal oversees this key bantamweight affair. Wineland takes the center with confidence. Benavidez circling, and he lands a low kick too the outside. Wineland in the center pawing his jab. Benavidez stays with the kicks. Benavidez tries to shoot but Wineland lands a combination instead. Both fighters tentative early on. Benavidez fakes a kick and lands an overhand. Wineland looks very hesitant to throw, and Benavidez is starting to open up. Benavidez showing early damage under his eye, but Wineland bleeding. Benavidez moving well and mixing in punches and kicks. Blood flow increasing from Wineland's nose. Benavidez nearly gets caught coming in from too far, but wings an overhand. Wineland just very, very hesitant early. Wineland's face a mess in the final minute. He's moving the head, looking for angles, but he can't seem to release. Nice flurry by both at the bell, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Benavidez, 10-9.
Round 2 - Wineland takes the center again. Benavidez leaps in with a crisp punch though Wineland does land a counter straight. Benavidez still landing kicks to the lead leg. Winleand keeping the center, and a strikes appears to poke Benavidez's eye. Rosenthal doesn't see it, and Wineland charges. Benavidez pleading for a stop, but the action will carry on. Benavidez breaks away from the clinch and goes back to work. Benavidez working his gameplan halfway in, working in and out effectively. Wineland's corner pleading with him to stay in the pocket. Benavidez shoots in, but Wineland ready. THe two battle in the clinch, and Benavidez tries to knee and sweep, but they eventually break away. Benavidez shoots again, but Wineland remains upright. Knees traded inside. Benavidez tries a lateral drop but slips. Still he scrambles back to his feet as Wineland tries to establish top position. Benavidez kicks the body. Winlesnd defends a takedown. However, Benavidez keeps pushing and earns it at the end of the round. MMAjunkie.com sees another round for Benavidez, 10-9.
Round 3 - Familiar feel to open round three. Wineland is in the center as Benavidez circles on the outside. Benavidez staggers Winleand with a right but stumbles as he tries to chase in. Both recover and reset. Wineland pumps the jab. Benavidez flurries and wobbles Wineland again. As he falls back, Benavidez brings the crowd to life with a wild flying knee that just misses. Wineland scoots away and resets after avoiding certain disaster. Benavidez kicks hard to the body. Spinning backfist misses for Benavidez, as he is really opening up the arsenal. Wineland still settling for counterstrikes, but Benavidez pops him again and moves away before tasting the return. Benavidez fakes a shot, and Wineland drops to the deck to sprawl. Funny moment, and they reset for the home stretch. Benavidez shoots in, but Wineland sprawls well. Wineland needs to get aggressive, and he does fire a big right that misses. Cheered on in the final 20 seconds, the two both flurry hard, but Benavidez escapes unscathed. Fun fight, but Benavidez wins another round, 10-9, taking the fight 30-27 on the MMAjunkie.com card in a bout that was closer and more entertaining than that score would suggest. Joseph Benavidez def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).