Deron Winn

USA

GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/19/2021
Dealing with knee injury
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
December 22, 2020
Winn will be out for the next 180 days after suffering an injury to his left knee during his victory over Antonio Arroyo on Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Winn could return before 180 days are up if cleared by a doctor following and MRI and X-ray. Even if cleared, he'll face a minimum medical suspension of 21 days, including 14 without contact.
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Leans on wrestling to secure win
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
December 19, 2020
Winn defeated Antonio Arroyo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Coming off back-to-back losses to Gerald Meerschaert and Darren Stewart, Winn leaned on his greatest strength to, in all likelihood, save his job. Winn landed eight successful takedowns on 12 tries. He actually did relatively little with his positional advantage, but his ability to consistently get Arroyo to the mat was ultimately enough to earn him the decision. Winn may have looked strong on Saturday, but his shortcomings on the feet pose a serious long-term issue. He may have four knockout wins in his career, but Winn is going to have trouble stringing together victories when those takedowns aren't landing.
Receives new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
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.
Next fight set for Dec. 19
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
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
GTD
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
GTD
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.