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Eddie Wineland

Eddie Wineland is on the road to recovery following a broken jaw last month.

Eddie Wineland is a mixed martial arts fighter who was the first World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion.

By 2017, he had compiled a professional record of 23-11-1 in more than 13 years of fighting.

Wineland was born in Houston in 1984, but grew up in Chesterton, where he graduated from Chesterton High School in 1991.

He became a firefighter, and is employed by the LaPorte Fire Department.

Wineland was a wrestler in high school, and began his MMA training at Duneland Vale Tudo. He fought in a variety of events in the Midwest before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting.

Wineland recently returned to UFC after sitting out more than a year recovering from a broken jaw. His jaw was wired shut after having been broken in a 2014 fight. Wineland told The Times his doctors advised him to reconsider a return to the cage, but in July 2015 he returned in a Chicago event.

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