The UFC has signed middleweight Deron Winn, a protege of sorts of double champ Daniel Cormier.
Well, that didn’t take long. Fresh off his co-main event win at Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 over Tom Lawlor, Deron Winn has signed a deal with the UFC. The middleweight, who is training partners with UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, had proven himself to be one of the hottest prospects not signed with any major promotion of late. On a single-fight deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy MMA, he made the most of his opportunity under Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.
Hello @ufc middleweights. My name is Deron Winn.
Happy to announce I just signed with the big leagues! pic.twitter.com/rELQF7bJsK
— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) December 20, 2018
Winn announced his contract signing himself on Thursday, introducing himself to the rest of the 185lb division. Winn, however, really needs no introduction. The standout wrestler is 5-0 after turning pro in 2017. He has continued to dabble in the wrestling world, competing in tournaments and finishing fourth at this year’s U.S. Open. He told Cageside Press just last month that he had also pursued professional matches (not WWE style, but legit paid wrestling matches), though he expected those to fall by the wayside as his MMA career progressed.
Among his five wins, four have come via stoppage. Winn previously competed for Bellator MMA.
No time frame for Winn’s debut has been announced as of yet, but he’ll be one to watch moving forward in the UFC”s middleweight division.