Winn gets new opponent for his UFC debut

Last week, Deron Winn learned that his original opponent for his UFC debut - Markus Perez -- had been forced to withdraw because of injury.

This week, UFC officials have found a new opponent for Winn.

The former wrestler turned emerging MMA star will now face Bruno Silva in a middleweight (185-pound) bout at UFC Fight Night 153 on Saturday, June 22 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Here's what Winn posted on his Facebook page:

"New opponent; same result.

"Hey guys unfortunately my last opponent had to withdraw due to injury but thankfully the @ufc and @mickmaynard2 worked fast to find a replacement. I'll be fighting Bruno Silva now on June 22nd, in Greenville, South Carolina. Lets gooooooo!"

Silva became the M-1 Global middleweight champion last fall. The 29-year-old Brazilian brings a 19-6 record in a pro career going back nine years. Sixteen of those wins are by KO or TKO, including the last four straight fights.

Winn, also 29, is now 5-0 in his professional MMA career which he launched in March 2017. His first four fights ended in the first round. Winn's most recent victory was over veteran Tom Lawlor at Golden Boy MMA in Los Angeles in November 2018. Winn signed with UFC just days before Christmas in 2018.

Prior to entering MMA competition, Winn was a three-time Missouri high school state wrestling champ, and twice a NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) titlewinner for St. Louis Community College, Meramec.


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