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Mizugaki vs Wineland set for UFC on FOX 22

Eddie Wineland, right, looks to throw a punch at Bryan Caraway during their b antamweight mixed martial arts bout during UFC Chicago on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

A first-time meeting between two veteran bantamweight sluggers has been added to the year’s final UFC FOX card.

Takeya Mizugaki and Eddie Wineland will face off on the December fight card. The MMA Report’s Jason Floyd was the first to break the news, and MMA Fighting later confirmed the matchup.

Both men are veterans from the days of the WEC, with Wineland serving as the now-defunct promotion’s very first bantamweight champion.

Since the promotion was absorbed by the UFC in 2011, Mizugaki and Wineland have both had up-and-down careers.

Mizugaki is coming off a brutal knockout loss to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 202. He has gone 1-3 in his last four bouts after running up a five-fight win streak from 2012 to 2014 prior to that.

Wineland is coming off a TKO victory over Frankie Saenz at UFC on FOX 20 when his back was against the wall with a two-fight losing streak leading up to the fight, putting him at 2-2 in the last two years of his career.

Both men are known for their aggressive striking styles that often lead to entertaining bouts, win or lose. Wineland, especially, is touted for his knockout power that has led a majority of his career wins to come by way of TKO or KO.

UFC on FOX 22 is scheduled to be headlined by a women’s strawweight bout between Michelle Waterson and Paige VanZant. In the co-main event, Urijah Faber is expected to fight the final bout of his legendary MMA career against Brad Pickett. Also featured on the card will be Sage Northcutt taking on Mickey Gall.

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