While it’s not fun to think of such things, there was an unmistakable feel to UFC Austin’s bantamweight bout between Eddie Wineland and Cody Stamann.
In short, the fight felt like a loser leaves town match, with Stamann having lost three straight, and veteran Wineland four of his last five.
In Stamann’s favor, if you believe in such things, he opened as the biggest betting favorite on the UFC Austin card. He proved why early, dropping Wineland and rocking him with a follow-up elbow. Wineland made it back to his feet, but was under fire, and Stamann dropped him again! Wineland, again, got up, only to eat a hellacious elbow, as Stamann poured it on. Stamann unleashed a storm of lefts and rights, battering Wineland, mixing in knees, and hitting the mark seemingly at will. Wineland tried in vain to roll with the punches and fight back, swinging once or twice — but ultimately the ref had seen enough.
For the second fight in a row at UFC Austin, the action was stopped with the loser still on their feet — but not even close to being in the fight.
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“I feel like I’ve been firing on four cylinders, and I’m a V8,” Stamann told Daniel Cormier after the fight. “Honestly, I don’t know who can beat me. Honest to God.”
“I can go again in two weeks, anyone, any time, anywhere. I’m down,” Stamann added.
Official Result: Cody Stamann def. Eddie Wineland by TKO, Round 1, 0:59