On Saturday, May 10 Eddie Wineland will compete in his 32nd fight as a professional mixed martial artist. When Wineland sits down to get his hands wrapped before the fight, he won't be in that chair for very long.
It seems that Wineland (21-9-1) is not a fan of having layers of gauze and tape piled upon his fists prior to a fight. In fact, the only reason Wineland gets a single layer of gauze and a single layer of tape applied before he steps in the Octagon is to appease the local commission.
Wineland, appeared on MMAJunkie Radio and talked about his aversion to using wraps to protect his hands, "I just feel comfortable. My hands, knock on wood, I haven't broken them in a fight. My hands are strong. When I hit a heavy bag, when I spar, I don't ever put wraps on. I don't know what it is, maybe genetics."
The No. 4 ranked bantamweight in the UFC did say that he once broke his hand, but that the injury was not the result of a fight. Instead, the break occurred when Wineland was "Being an idiot, and punching something that was harder than my hand."
That injury resulted in Wineland using wraps in his first few professional fights. After sustaining no injuries to his hands during those fights, Wineland said he went with the bare minimum wrap he could get away with, "The first time they walked up to me and said, ‘Okay, I'm going to wrap your hands,' I looked at them like, ‘Do I have to?' They looked at me like ‘Are you serious?' They looked at me like I was an idiot. To please the commission they did one wrap of gauze and one wrap of tape and that was that."
Wineland, who will face Johnny Eduardo on Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva fight card, said that his preference has resulted in cutman "Stitch" Duran referring Wineland as, "The craziest white boy I know."