UFC and WEC veteran Eddie Wineland has announced his retirement, after suffering a vicious knockout loss at the hands of Cody Stamann during UFC Austin on Saturday.
The 37-year old, a 41 fight veteran, fell to just 1-5 in his last six fights, and has lost three straight.
While he didn’t get to retire in the cage, Wineland took to social media following the bout to announce that “this train has reached it’s final destination!”
“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!”
Wineland, who won the inaugural WEC bantamweight championship in 2006, went on to thank UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby, saying he was “forever grateful” for the opportunities afforded him. He also thanked “the fans who’ve always stood in my corner.”
Wineland, born in and fighting out of Chesterton, Indiana, retires with a record of 24-16-1. During his time in the UFC and WEC, he picked up four post-fight bonuses, and in addition to winning WEC gold, fought for an interim bantamweight title in the UFC against Renan Barao at UFC 165.