UFC 165 title challenger Eddie Wineland has seemed like a highly improved fighter of late: his victory over Scott Jorgensen cemented him as a fighter to watch in his division, and his upcoming fight with Renan Barao should be quite exciting. However, what’s scary is that he could have gotten this good long ago. When he lost to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, you see, he had something holding him back. But that thing was not a succubus-like woman or a run-of-the-mill drug problem. It was his mustache:
It got to a point where I just wasn’t feeling like myself and I started second guessing things. I’d never fought with a mustache before, so why should I start now? There’s too much on the line to change things up. A friend of mine put it best. He said, ‘Listen, when you get in the cage, you ain’t no gentleman, so unleash the beast.” We shaved it off and that’s what I plan on doing. It’s all good and fun and makes for good pictures, but when it comes down to it, I’m not that type of fighter. I’m a gritty, in your face-type of person and when I face off with somebody, I’m not leaning back with my fists in the air, I get in your face and let them know I’m there to fight.
It’s interesting that Wineland’s dignified, gentlemanly mustache was forcing him to act like a dapper mensch in the cage. If breast implants can make female British soldiers fight better by increasing their confidence, then I guess a mustache could have the opposite effect by making the fighter want to sit around waxing it while reading through a monocle by the fireplace. In that case, shaving the mustache would definitely fix the problem.