Deron Winn is a professional cage-fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight who competed extensively in wrestling prior to his MMA career. As a folkstyle wrestler, Winn conquered 3 high school state titles, 2 NJCAA (Junior College) titles as well as a 3rd place at the NAIA Championships before transitioning to freestyle where he was equally impressive with podium placements at the the Dave Schultz Memorial, Bill Ferrell International, and U.S. World Team Trials.
Deron Winn Wrestling
- MSHSAA All-State (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- 1st Place MSHSAA State Championship (2005, 2006, 2007)
- NAIA All-American (2011)
- NJCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler (2008)
- 1st Place NJCAA National Championship (2008, 2010)
- 3rd Place NAIA Championship (2011)
- 2nd Place U.S. World Team Trials (2018)
- 2nd Place Bill Ferrell International (2014, 2018)
- 2nd Place Dave Schultz Memorial (2014, 2016)
- 3rd Place Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial (2016)
- 3rd Place UWW Pan American Championships (2014)
- 3rd Place Cerro Pelado International (2013)
- 4th Place U.S Open (2014, 2015, 2018)
- 4th Place U.S. World Team Trials (2014)
- 197 lb
- Liberty High School
- St. Louis Community College
- Lindenwood University
Deron Winn BiographyDeron Andrew Winn was born on June 13, 1989, in Liberty, Missouri, USA, where he was raised.
Mr. Winn’s early wrestling career was directly correlated with the local scholastic circuit, particularly with the Liberty High School wrestling team, a squad he represented when conquering 3 state titles (2005, 2006, 2007).
Straight after high school, Winn attended St. Louis Community College where his wrestling skills shined through once again, earning Deron his first title at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships as well as the NJCAA Outstanding Wrestler Award as a true freshman. The young grappler’s stock only grew from that first collegiate experience as Winn went on to conquer another Junior College title before being picked by Lindenwood University for his senior year. There Deron earned NAIA All-American honors and a third place in 2011.
With the steam and recognition picked up during his collegiate career, Deron Winn turned towards freestyle, competing at a national and international level, earning podiums in important events such as the Team USA World Trials, the Bill Ferrell International, and the Dave Schultz Memorial. In the process of climbing the wrestling ranks, Winn beat notable wrestlers such as J'den Cox and Pat Downey.
Although still competing regularly in freestyle after a failed attempt at the 2016 Olympics, Deron opted to shift his focus towards mixed martial arts (MMA). To give himself a real shot at the top of the sport, Winn sought out the best training available to him, moving to California - one of MMA’s training Mecca’s - with this in mind.
When in the Golden State, Deron started training at the Dethrone Base Camp. Winn quickly established himself as one of the top prospects in the sport, entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with a clean record (5-0-0) in 2019.
Deron would later switch to the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), where he became known as somewhat of a protegé of Daniel Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler who became the UFC’s heavyweight and light heavyweight champion.