Deron Winn Suffers Concussion After Fainting, Out of UFC Vegas 66

Phil Hawes and Deron Winn, UFC
AUSTIN, TEXAS - JUNE 18: (L-R) Phil Hawes lands an elbow to the head of Deron Winn in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Moody Center on June 18, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

This weekend’s UFC Vegas 66 — the final UFC event of 2022 — is down a fight after a freak mishap.

Originally, Deron Winn was scheduled to face Julian Marquez in a middleweight match-up at the event. However, earlier today, Winn announced on social media that he was out of the fight, after suffering a freak accident at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

According to Winn, after fainting Wednesday, he fell down some stairs, striking his head and neck and resulting in a concussion.

“Hey all— yesterday at the UFC PI, I fainted and had a freak accident. I fell down the stairs, hit my head and neck pretty hard. Sustained a mild concussion. They rushed me to the hospital and ran a bunch of tests on me,” Winn wrote. “The majority of the tests came back normal so I’m thankful for that. Since I suffered the concussion the UFC and medical has decided to pull me from my fight this weekend. I am devastated. I have put so much work in these last couple months. I hope to rebook soon. Sorry to my opponent and sorry to all [who] have invested into me this camp. I’m heartbroken. Love all of you who support me.”

A teammate of Daniel Cormier, Winn (7-3) is a decorated freestyle wrestler who joined the UFC in 2019, after starting his career 5-0. After winning his first fight out of the gate, Winn has struggled, posting a 1-3 record since. In his most recent outing, Winn was lit up by Phil Hawes before being finished with elbows.

UFC Vegas 66 takes place this Saturday, December 17, 2022 and moves forward with the following contests:

  • Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland
  • Arman Tsarukyan vs. Damir Ismagulov
  • Amir Albazi vs. Alessandro Costa
  • Alex Caceres vs. Julian Erosa
  • Drew Dober vs. Bobby Green
  • Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Cody Brundage
  • Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Cory McKenna
  • Jake Matthews vs. Matthew Semelsberger
  • Said Nurmagomedov vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov
  • Rafa García vs. Hayisaer Maheshate
  • Rinat Fakhretdinov vs. Bryan Battle
  • Manel Kape vs. David Dvořák
  • Sergey Morozov vs. Journey Newson