Deron Winn


Submitted at UFC 248
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.
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.
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Looks to rebound at UFC 248
January 30, 2020
Winn will face Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight matchup at UFC 248 on March 7, reports.
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
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.
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.
Misses weight
October 17, 2019
Winn weighed in at 188.5 pounds -- 2.5 pounds over the middleweight limit -- for Friday's matchup against Darren Stewart at UFC Boston.
Following the missed weight, Winn will not attempt to cut any further weight, but will be fined 20 percent of his purse. The fight will continue as planned against Stewart, who has won three of his last four fights after a shaky start to his UFC career. Winn will look to improve his record to 7-0 as a professional fighter Friday.
Booked for second UFC bout
August 7, 2019
Winn has been booked to take on Darren Stewart at UFC Boston on October 18, Nolan King of reports.
Winn is coming off his UFC debut on first win under the promotion against Eric Spicely at UFC Fight Night 154 back in June. Now, the light heavyweight is already ready to extend his professional winning streak to seven fights in October. His opponent, Stewart, has shaken off a tough start to his UFC career and has won three of his last four fights.
Survives brawl for first UFC win
June 22, 2019
Winn defeated Eric Spicely via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
Winn came out throwing hammers early and often in this one, choosing not to test his opponent's BJJ black belt on the ground. The AKA product landed shots that likely would have put down most fighters, but Spicely hung tough, forcing him to settle for the decision victory. While we didn't see his entire skill set here, Winn is a strong wrestler who throws in combinations and has dynamite in his fists, which should make him fun to watch at middleweight. Despite being known for his wrestling, Winn made history in his company debut by landing 169 significant strikes -- a new middleweight record. He improves to 6-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory, and will go home $50,000 richer after receiving a Fight of the Night bonus.