Eddie Wineland hung up the gloves following a loss at UFC Austin.
This past Saturday, Eddie Wineland took on Cody Stamann in a bantamweight contest on the preliminary card. Stamann knocked him out in the opening round in under a minute. Having dropped three in a row, Wineland announced his retirement after UFC Austin.
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Eddie Wineland retires after KO loss at UFC Austin
UFC Austin scored a record-tying night of eight knockouts. Although Wineland didn’t get the opportunity to share the news inside the octagon he took to Instagram to inform his fans of his decision.
“I didn’t get an opportunity to leave my gloves in the cage but as Jim Morrison once sang “this is the end”
“The road I’ve traveled over the past almost 20 years has seen many highs and lows, it’s been a fun ride but this train has reached its final destination!
“I am forever grateful and extremely thankful for the opportunities given by @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby everything you guys and the company have done for and given to me I am forever grateful!
“Thank you and thank you to the fans who’ve always stood in my corner…officially #retired #endoftheroad #thankyou for the memories time to turn the page and on to the next chapter in life!”
Dana White reacts to Wineland’s retirement
At the UFC on ESPN 37 post-fight news conference, UFC president Dana White lauded Wineland after hearing of the news. The 37-year-old had been with the promotion for more than a decade since joining in 2011.
“Great guy,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie. “Another one that always will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. Good dude. We like him a lot and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Wineland ends his nearly two-decade-long career with a 24-16-1 record of which 16 were in the UFC. He’s also a former interim bantamweight title challenger and a former WEC champion.