Deron Winn defeated Tom Lawlor two weeks ago in the co-main event of Golden Boy’s maiden MMA card and has been rewarded for his dominant display with a UFC contract.
The fighter made the announcement via his Twitter account.
Winn is a three-time All American at Lindenwood University and is undefeated thus far in his MMA career. Training out of Dethrone Base Camp and is coached by Olympic gold medalist Kevin Jackson according to MMA Junkie.
He also has a mentor in one Daniel Cormier, the UFC heavyweight champion and recently crowned ESPN Fighter of the Year.
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
Cormier could be seen hyping up 2016 Olympic hopeful prior to his victory over Lawlor.
Winn’s arrival at the UFC comes at an interesting time having just fought under the Golden Boy MMA banner.
Dana White and Oscar De La Hoya have had a strange back and forth feud going on since De La Hoya’s debut MMA card involving Chuck Lidell and Tito Ortiz bombed in terms of the pay-per-view numbers.
De La Hoya criticized Dana White’s business model claiming that he does not pay fighters enough money.
White refuted the boxing legends claims, stating that he actually pays his fighters nearly double what De La Hoya paid those who fought on his undercard two weeks ago.
The strange feud took another turn when De La Hoya decided to challenge White to sort out their differences in the ring. A move which was seen as desperate by many commentators.
Winn’s decision to sign with the UFC and effectively rule himself out from fighting under the Golden Boy banner again is surely seen as some sort of win in what was already a confusion altercation.