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Even With UFC Belt, Wineland Keeping Day Job

Kelsey Mowatt

Renan Barao

If you talk to most MMA fighters who still work full time, they can’t wait until they’ve reached a point in their fighting career, when they can quit their job and focus all of their attention and energy on training. After all, it can’t be easy working the nine-to-five grind and then cap off the day with a couple hours of hard sparring. So, if Eddie Wineland defeats Renan Barao at UFC 161 to become the UFC interim bantamweight champ, his days as a firefighter are over right? Apparently not.

In a recent interview with MMA, Wineland relayed that because of the schedule a firefighter keeps, it doesn’t adversely affect his MMA gig. While he’s at the firehouse he’s able to get in some weightlifting and cardio training. Since he works five days on, four days off, he can roll, spar etc when he’s not at work. It also sounds like Wineland is really happy with his current lifestyle, and doesn’t want that to change, even if he takes out one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters on June 15th.

“I’ve got stuff at the house that needs to be taken care of, my family lives right down the road. I surround myself with good people, and the good people here at home is where I like to be. I’d rather surround myself with home than being out in the lights and neon and all the fame. I’d rather be in my comfort zone and doing my thing.”

And Wineland has been doing his thing pretty well as of late, as after dropping consecutive unanimous decision losses to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, the 28 year-old-fighter has scored a KO win over Scott Jorgensen and a split decision victory over Brad Pickett.

Stay tuned to MMA for more on the June 15th, UFC 161 card in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the event approaches.


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