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CHS grad Eddie Wineland TKOs Mizugaki at UFC on Fox

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Chesterton High grad Eddie Wineland made it back-to-back knockout victories with a first round TKO win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Fox 22 Saturday in Sacramento, CA.

“This is huge,” Wineland said after the fight. “The reason I keep fighting is my boys. I was ready to hang them up. You have to show them that you don’t just quit because you get knocked down.

“You get up and keep fighting. They relit a fire in me.”

Midway through round one, Wineland caught Mizugaki with an uppercut to start the final sequence.

“Takeya Mizugaki is a vetaran and he’s not afraid to stand and trade,” Wineland said. “We’ve both been around the block a few times.”

Wineland (23-11-1) avoided a Mizugaki left and countered with a right hand of his own. Another right from Wineland dropped Mizugaki to the canvas.

“Anybody who has watched me fight, knows this right hand is dangerous,” Wineland said. “I can touch anybody at 135 with it and drop them. If I land a clean shot, you’re going out.”

After Mizugaki scrambled to his feet, Wineland landed a third right hand and pounced on Mizugaki for some ground and pound before the match was stopped by the referee.

“I love to fight,” Wineland said. “I’ve been fighting since I got out of high school in 2003, before it was cool to fight. If I keep winning they can’t deny me a shot at the title. I want to stay active and I think that’s when I get better. I’d like to fight three times next year.”

With the knockout victory, Wineland ties Urijah Faber and Renan Barao for most finishes (7) in UFC/WEC bantamweight history.




Posted 12/19/2016




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