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Following second broken jaw, UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland on verge of calling it quits

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Wineland is scheduled to have the wire removed from his jaw on Friday (June 6, 2014) after nearly a month of being unable to eat solid food.

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It's easy to understand why Eddie Wineland would consider retiring from mixed martial arts (MMA).

As if one broken jaw wasn't bad enough, the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight champion has now endured two, along with all the fun things that accompany it, like severe pain and the inability to chew solid food.

Sounds like fun (not).

Wineland (21-10-1) suffered the devastating injury in a knockout loss to Johnny Eduardo last month in Cincinnati, and according to a report from UFC Tonight (via FOX Sports), the Indianan is close to calling it a career, echoing the sentiment he made last month after the fight (via MMA Junkie):

"I never wanted to go through this again, and now I surely don't ever want to go through it again. It was the most miserable time of my life. I've got some serious thinking to do. I'm just not so sure the juice is worth the squeeze. I just need to take a step back and look at the big picture."

Wineland first broke his jaw at Xtreme Kage Kombat back in 2004.

The 29-year-old firefighter had a chance to reclaim the 135-pound crown in a bantamweight title fight at UFC 165 against then-division kingpin Renan Barao, but was upended in the second round by way of technical knockout. He rebounded with a finish over Yves Jabouin, before succumbing to Eduardo.

Where he goes from here, remains to be seen.