A middleweight match-up has been booked for one of the final UFC events of 2022.
Julian Marquez (9-3) will face Deron Winn (7-3) at a UFC Fight Night event on December 17, 2022. The match-up, first reported by MMA Junkie, finds both fighters looking to return to the win column after recent setbacks.
Marquez would later confirm the booking on social media, with Winn also making reference to the fight, posting that it was “bound to happen at some point” on his Instagram Story.
Winn was most recently seen in a losing effort against Phil Hawes, in a fight perhaps best remembered for what happened after the finish. With Winn stopped via TKO in the second round, Hawes got into a verbal spat with UFC broadcaster and former champ Daniel Cormier, a teammate of Winn. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed.
Overall, Winn is 2-3 inside the octagon, with victories over Antonio Arroyo and Eric Spicely.
Marquez is likewise coming off a loss in his last fight, opposite Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues. That defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak for “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” who had submitted Maki Pitolo and Sam Alvey in 2021.
In 2019 and 2020 Marquez failed to make it to the cage, missing nearly two years after tearing his Latissimus dorsi muscle — an injury that required multiple surgeries.
Other than Julian Marquez vs. Deron Winn, no other fights have been reported for the UFC’s December 17 event. No venue, location, or broadcast plan has been set for the card.