Bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland considering retirement after second broken jaw
JUN 04, 2014 7:38p ET
Eddie Wineland is considering hanging up his gloves.
The longtime UFC bantamweight contender has had his jaw wired shut since breaking it in a knockout loss to Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night on April 10 and does not want to break it again, reports UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani. Wineland will finally get the wire removed Friday. He has not been able to chew or eat whole foods for nearly a month.
Wineland doesn't want to retire -- he still feels like he has plenty of accomplish in MMA. But he desperately does not want to go through a broken jaw again. He's going to take some time off and decide his future once the injury heals.
The former WEC star has been a mainstay at 135 for years and fought Renan Barao in a title match last September. Wineland is still regarded as one of the best bantamweights in the world despite the loss to Eduardo, who had not fought in more than two years. The Indiana resident is No. 5 in the UFC's official bantamweight rankings and has won three of his last five fights.
The first time Wineland broke his jaw was in 2004 on the independent circuit. Twice is more than enough for him, which is why retiring has become a serious consideration.