Winn to now face Spicely at his UFC debut

Less than a week before making his UFC debut, former wrestler Deron Winn now has yet another opponent for his UFC debut.

Eric Spicely -- Winn's third named rival for UFC Fight Night 153 this Saturday, June 22 in Greenville, South Carolina -- replaces Bruno Silva, who had been announced for Winn's middleweight (185-pound) bout back on May 20 but withdrew from the event for undisclosed reasons.

Silva had replaced Markus Perez, who had been announced as Winn's original opponent but withdrew due to injury in mid-May.

Spicely is a former "Ultimate Fighter" semifinalist who left the promotion back in late 2018 but just re-signed with UFC this past weekend, according to

The 32-year-old Spicely brings a 12-4 professional mixed martial arts record -- and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt -- to his match with Winn.

While away from UFC, Spicely competed under the CES MMA banner, picking up consecutive TKO victories, most recently against UFC veteran Caio Magalhaes at CES 55 at the end of March.

Winn, 30, who signed with UFC at Christmastime 2018, is now 5-0 in his two years of MMA fighting. Four of his five wins have come from a knockout or TKO.

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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