Just a few weeks after it appeared Eddie Wineland was contemplating retirement, he emphatically shot down those rumors.
“Personally, I don’t want to walk away, fighting is who I am. I love to fight. My plan was to fight until I’m about 34 years old and live a comfortable life after that. But things change,” Wineland recently told MMAjunkie Radio.
The 30-year old Wineland sustained a broken jaw during a loss to Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati last month. Following the injury, Wineland said he was concerned about breaking his jaw for a third time.
However, financial incentives are swaying Wineland’s decision. Wineland, a full-time firefighter, has major motivation to care about those financial decisions.
“We’re expecting our first kid in December, I’m building a house, and I have a lot of stuff going on,” he said. “There’s just a lot on my plate right now, and I’m not ready to eat it all.”
Wineland, considered one of the most exciting 135 pound fighters in the world, has plenty of time ahead of him barring injuries. Last year, he was defeated in a title bout by bantamweight champion Renan Barao before rebounding with a TKO victory over Yves Jabouin.
Wineland said his jaw still has a long way to go and isn’t aligned, but he doesn’t want to walk away from MMA on these terms.