UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland (24-13-1) is out on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic working as a full-time firefighter.
A resident of Chesterton, Indiana, Wineland said he took the job as a firefighter because he enjoys doing the right thing and helping people when they are in need of help. “I like to help people; that’s why I took the job,” he told The Scrap, “It’s the only reason I can still be a full-time fighter because of my schedule. I work 100 to 110 days a year so those other 255 days I’m being a full-time fighter. I get full training camps and full training days in.”
Before the pandemic canceled UFC events that were scheduled worldwide, the 35-year-old bantamweight was set to fight Marlon “Chito” Vera (17-5-1) on March 28 in Columbus, Ohio. He said the fight cancellation is a “sour subject”.
“It’s an unfortunate thing. At this point, it is what it is. I am just waiting to see what’s going on. As far as I know, I am no longer scheduled to face Marlon Vera.” Wineland said Vera was scheduled to fight in a later bout against Ray Borg at UFC 249 on April 18 which was also canceled.
In the meantime, while the world waits for life to return to the normal daily grind, Wineland is trying his best to stay as much in shape as he can with all of the gyms being closed. The mustached fighter has a home gym downstairs.
“It’s nothing high tech or fancy just a couple of barbells and dumbbells,” Wineland shared, “It’s all about how creative you want to get. You can get a good sweaty hard workout in with just yourself. You need nothing more than just to move.”
Wineland admits he misses seeing all of his friends at the gym but notes his mornings are a lot more relaxed. “I still set an alarm, drink my coffee, watch a little bit of news and go down to the basement and get started and then go on with the day.”
The fighter is also spending his quarantine time hosting workouts called “Five Round Fitness” on Instagram.
He said the workouts are made for those that don’t have hours to be in the gym. “I’ve been hosting workouts that take no longer than 29 minutes. It’s all a matter of just how hard you want to push yourself. You get out what you put in. My motto is to get your ass off of the couch and start moving. You might surprise yourself. ”
Wineland expressed hope and empathy to all the fighters that had bouts canceled due to the pandemic. “Everyone that was supposed to fight, hang in there. Sooner or later we are going to get in there and do the dance.”