Winn added to UFC 248

Deron Winn (Photo/Josh Hedges, Getty Images)

It's official: former junior college national wrestling champ Deron Winn has been added to the card at UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Winn, who won back-to-back NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) titles for St. Louis Community College, Meramec before launching his pro MMA career, will be facing Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight (185-pound) bout that had been hinted at by both fighters on their social media … and confirmed by UFC to MMA Fighting Thursday.

Earlier this week on his social media accounts, Winn had revealed that he would be returning to the Octagon:

The 30-year-old Winn brings a 6-1-0 overall record (and 1-1 record in UFC) to this just-announced match, having suffered his first loss in his pro career, coming out on the losing end of a split decision to Darren Stewart at UFC Boston back in October.

Meerschaert, 32, also tallied a loss that same month, falling to Eryk Anders in Tampa. The Wisconsin native -- who brings a 30-12 overall record going back thirteen years -- went 1-2 in 2019, with a win over Trevin Giles at UFC on ESPN 4 in August, and a loss to Kevin Holland at UFC Philadelphia to start the year (along with the loss to Anders in October).

Winn won't be the only former wrestler to enter the Octagon at UFC 248. Yoel Romero, 2000 Olympic silver medalist and five-time World Championships medal-winner in freestyle for Cuba, is featured in the main event, taking on defending middleweight champ Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title.


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