Welcome to the UFC: Deron Winn

On November 24th, 2018 Oscar De La Hoya’s MMA promotion would debut in Inglewood, California. If there was one fighter that highlighted after the event it would be former collegiate All-American wrestler, Deron Winn. Winn would impress with a unanimous decision over for UFC veteran Tom Lawlor. The win was impressive enough to give Winn a contact from the UFC.
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5’5″
Middleweight
29-years-old
Fresno, California
Trains out of American Kickboxing Academy
5-0
4 KO/TKO

How does Deron Winn fare in the UFC:

On Winn’s post about signing with the UFC, he said he will be fighting at middleweight which is great to hear since he’s limited at his small stature at 205. The 29-year-old is only 5-0 as a professional but just a little over a year and a half Winn made the transition over to MMA from wrestling. Winn was an Olympic wrestler at the Team USA trials where he came in fourth place. Winn was also a 3X College All-American, a 3x State Champ, and has many international freestyle accomplishments. Obviously, his wrestling is good and I look for it to be much more of a factor with the move down to middleweight. On the feet he’s still growing as he has a lot of power but technique and angles aren’t there yet. Overall I think Winn is a good signing from the UFC and with the right push he can grow into an excellent fighter.

Who I think Deron Winn should fight?

At 29-years-old with an excellent pedigree Id like to see Winn get a tough test who has some good experience. Obviously, he shouldn’t fight someone toward the top of the division as I think he should fight someone at the middle of the pack. Id love to see Winn fight a guy like Hector Lombard if he’s still with the UFC. Lombard is currently on a six-fight skid all against veterans so this would make sense as well for him. Let’s not forget Lombard was on top the MMA world at one point and is also a former Olympic judo competitor. Both with similar styles so it would be an interesting fight.

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