Veteran UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland has decided to retire following a recent loss.
Wineland, 37, announced his retirement from MMA on Sunday afternoon. This move came just one day after he suffered a 59-second loss against Cody Stamann, marking the third consecutive time that he was on the losing end of a first-round stoppage in the UFC cage.
Wineland provided a statement via social media regarding his retirement.
“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,” he said on Instagram.
“Thank you to the fans who’ve always stood in my corner… [I’m] officially #retired #endoftheroad #thankyou for the memories time to turn the page and on to the next chapter in life!”
Wineland joined the UFC roster more than a decade ago. He made his promotional debut in 2011 after a brief stint in WEC. He attained six wins and 10 losses during his time in the UFC, competing exclusively in their bantamweight division throughout his time.
Wineland notably challenged for an interim belt in 2013, facing Renan Barao at UFC 165. He lost that fight, suffering a second-round stoppage.