Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Eddie Wineland announced his MMA retirement following a KO loss to Cody Stamann at UFC Austin.
Wineland, who turns 38 years old next week, suffered his third consecutive knockout loss inside the Octagon when he was stopped by Stamann in the first round with punches. For Wineland, it’s his third straight knockout loss following previous defeats to Sean O’Malley and John Castenada.
Following the loss to Stamann at UFC Austin, Wineland took his gloves off and he appeared to be ready to announce his retirement, but he wasn’t given an opportunity to conduct a post-fight interview. Instead, he has taken to his social media to officially announce his retirement.
On Sunday, Wineland took to his Instagram to share a farewell note to the UFC fans. Read it below.
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!
Wineland was the first-ever WEC bantamweight champion, winning the title at WEC 20 in May 2006. He later joined the UFC in 2011 and went 6-10 overall, with wins over the likes of Brad Pickett and Takeya Mizugaki. Wineland also fought for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 165 in September 2013, but he lost in his only chance to capture the UFC belt against Renan Barao.
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