Deron Winn

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Receives new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Winn will fight Antonio Arroyo in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn was originally slated to face Antonio Braga Neto, but he's been pulled from the card for unspecified reasons. Winn is returning from a nine-month suspension for testing positive for amphetamines and hasn't fought since March. Arroyo hasn't been in the Octagon since November 2019 as he was forced to withdraw from one event and lost his opponent for another matchup earlier this month.
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Next fight set for Dec. 19
MiddleweightUFC
September 29, 2020
Winn will fight Antonio Braga Neto in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event Dec. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn is serving a nine-month suspension for a positive amphetamines test that will go through early December. This will be his first fight since being submitted by Gerald Meerschaert in early March, which dropped his UFC record to 1-2 and overall record to 6-2. He's been a high-volume striking and wrestler through his brief run with the UFC, but Winn will need to be careful taking things to the mat against Braga Neto, who has earned seven of his nine professional victories via submission. Winn will also be giving up seven inches in both height and reach to the Brazilian. The one big advantage Winn has is activity, as he's fought three times since June of 2019, while Braga Neto's last pro fight was all the way back in December of 2017.
Gets nine-month suspension
MiddleweightUFC
September 3, 2020
Winns has been suspended nine months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for amphetamines, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn's positive test was in connections to a loss at UFC 248. He will be eligible to fight agains ton December 7.
Submitted at UFC 248
MiddleweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Winn lost to Gerald Meerschaert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Appearing to be about half the size of his opponent, Winn had no answer for the size differential between the two men. He struggled to get inside and land consistently and ate countless power strikes from the bigger, longer Meerschaert. Winn actually held up pretty well for quite a while before he simply couldn't absorb any more punishment. Winn is a legitimately good wrestler but his lack of size is going to be a serious problem moving forward. He has short arms and struggles in any fight that remains on the feet for an extended period of time. Winn has now lost his last two fights following a victory in his UFC debut.
Looks to rebound at UFC 248
MiddleweightUFC
January 30, 2020
Winn will face Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight matchup at UFC 248 on March 7, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn missed weight ahead of his fight at UFC Boston in October, but he still fought against Darren Stewart and lost via split decision, the first loss of his professional career. Winn was effective in his wrestling during the matchup but ulitmately lost the close fight. Meerschaert has dropped three of his past four fights, although two of those losses came via split decision. His most recent loss came to Eryk Anders via split decision at UFC Tampa in October. Meerschaert carries significant height and reach advantages.
Drops decision after missing weight
MiddleweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Winn lost to Darren Stewart via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
Like Manny Bermudez in the fight prior, Winn missed weight on Thursday and added a loss to his record on Friday. Unlike the Bermudez fight, this one could have realistically gone either way. Winn got off to a nice start before allowing Stewart to regain control of the fight in Round 2. The third and final frame was a toss-up that legitimately could have been scored for either man. To give you an idea how ineffective Winn was with his positional advantages, he landed 6-of-15 takedowns and still lost. The AKA product stated before the fight that he planned to use his wrestling to secure the win, and while he got Stewart to the mat with regularity, he still lost. The fact Winn missed weight by a mile (2.5 pounds) is a far bigger concern than what went on inside the Octagon Friday.