EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Eddie Wineland Talks Training Changes, Getting 2 Camps for 1 Fight, and His New John L. Sullivan Look
| Fist-ta-Cuff Radio recently invited UFC Bantamweight number one contender, Eddie Wineland, in to talk all the recent unfortunate events involving his fight at UFC 161. With Wineland’s scheduled title fight with Renan Barao at this week’s UFC 161 event being scrapped due to injury to the Interim Champ, Wineland had a lot to discuss with our boys Denny and Anton. Aside from his title shot being put on hold and, sadly, in question, Wineland happily discussed parts of his life outside of fighting, the proverbial ‘blessing in disguise’ with his fight being cancelled, and how training changes now that he’s not fighting. Here are some of the highlights from Wineland’s interview with Fist-ta-Cuff Radio:
Wineland addressed the unfortunate situation with Barao getting hurt and him not getting his title shot at UFC 161 this weekend, but explained how he is looking at the bright side of the situation by viewing the injury as time to improve even more before getting his shot:
“I think that every time I start a training camp I start on a higher platform than I did the previous camp. It’s kind of like a ladder effect, you know? I start at one point and I reach one point and then take a couple of weeks off, so we drop back a couple points but I’m starting at a higher platform every time. So essentially, like I said, I had ten weeks in the books when Renan got hurt. So I got a full training camp. But for my next training camp I’m going to start even higher yet. So my next training camp I’m going to be in even better shape.”
Not only does Wineland feel that he will be in better shape for his next camp but he also explained that coming into the next camp without any damage from a fight is going to be beneficial:
“I just had a training camp without having a fight. So for my next fight it’s almost like I’m having two training camps. So whoever it may be that I’m fighting…Renan or whoever…I feel bad for them.”
Eddie Wineland is only getting better as time goes on and he knows that the extra work is going to make him an even fiercer fighter. He also discussed how his training changes now that he doesn’t have a scheduled fight coming up:
“We gear more toward strength, gaining strength while not trying to gain size. It’s a tricky thing but we’ve done it the last four years. I think I’ve gained four or five pounds since I’ve been with him but my strength has gone up ridiculous. So we kind of gear toward strength as oppose to conditioning. We still do our conditioning portion, just not as much. And um, just a lot of technique work in the gym and, you know, working different techniques, stuff I’m not so sharp on and trying to sharpen my skill set.”
The current uncertainty in the UFC bantamweight division was brought up during the interview as well. With Champion Dominick Cruz still rehabbing his ACL reconstruction and now Interim Champ Renan Barao on the mend with torn tendons in his foot Wineland was asked if the thought of introducing another title into the division sounded appealing to him. Wineland didn’t like the idea, saying, “How many champions can you have in one division?”
That question was followed up by questions about possibly changing weight classes like many of the other fighters in the lower weight classes in the UFC have done, like title-chaser Anthony Pettis. Wineland didn’t like that idea either, explaining, “No. No. I’m comfortable where I’m at. I started at 135, I’ll end at 135. There’s for surely absolutely no possible way I would make 125. I’m sitting at about 155 lbs. right now. Uh, 135 is hard for me to make. You know, I make it happen. It becomes a mental thing.” He went on to explain that he didn’t think that moving up to featherweight was a great idea either, considering he would have to bulk up his natural weight of 155 pounds to actually make a legitimate run at a title in that weight class.
The conversation of weight cutting and fluctuation continued and Wineland and the boys in shop discussed how intense and tough the entire process can be on an athlete, let alone a regular person. When asked what kind of person would put themselves through such a rigorous routine for each fight Wineland stated, “I don’t know what you’d call it but it’s a different breed of people.”
The conversation then shifted to the new look that Windeland is so fashionably rocking these days (seen in his picture above). When asked how the mustache look started Wineland explained, “Me and a buddy of mine, we grow them every year. I grew one, I started growing one last December and I think I ended up shaving it just before March, or just before April, whatever it was. And then I started growing another one this year, I stared growing it right after the Pickett fight and uh, I was kind of lost. I didn’t really…I liked the mustache but I didn’t like my look. So I jumped on Google and typed in ‘handle-bar mustache’. And the thing that pops up was an article that said the one thing that compliments the handle-bar mustache is a well groomed haircut.”
He went to explain that as he was searching for a new style to compliment his mustache a friend recommended a specific style, saying, “You need the cut called The Princeton.”
“It’s like a comb over but its real nice and groomed real well.”
So Wineland took the advice and is now rocking the Princeton hair cut. He continued,
“I had my mustache twisted up and my hair done up and that’s where it starts. It started right there and I stuck with the mustache, I stuck with the hair and my mustache is good enough now that I don’t even have to wax it and it curls.”
“We’re going for the John L. Sullivan just kind of in your face, rough and nasty. You know, I’m a man and I’m going to kick your ass.”
As Mr. Wineland prepared to say his parting words before leaving the show the conversation shifted back to fighting and he was asked about who he’s like to fight if the bout with Barao doesn’t come back his way. Wineland stated, “I want to prove that I am number one and to prove that I’m number one I have to beat number one. And that’s why I want those fights.”
Wineland is a top-five bantamweight in the world and has fought only top competition since his assimilation into the UFC in 2011. He is rightfully in line to fight for the belt and waiting may be his best option. For now, Wineland is enjoying his life away from fighting. We thank him for taking the time to talk with our boys at BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio and we look forward to seeing him fight again in the near future.
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