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Julian Marquez vs Deron Winn booked for UFC Fight Night 216

Julian Marquez vs Deron Winn booked for UFC Fight Night 216

We’ve just been informed of a very exciting middleweight clash going down at UFC Fight Night 216 between Julian Marquez (9-3) and Deron Winn (7-3).

UFC Fight Night 216 is to go down on December 17, 2022, live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.

Both of these men are coming off knockout defeats, and both are looking to get back on the winning track with a win come December.

Julian Marquez impressively KO’d fellow UFC talent Phil Hawes on Dana White’s Contender Series back in August of 2017 to improve his record to 6-1 prior to joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Upon arrival, Marquez would submit (guillotine choke) Darren Stewart in round two of his promotional debut, before suffering a razor-thin split decision defeat to Alessio Di Chirico.

Marquez then submitted Maki Pitolo (anaconda choke) and Sam Alvey (rear naked choke) in rounds three and two over his next pair of fights, before being knocked out by Gregory Rodrigues earlier this year in June, the first time he’d ever been finished.

It’s funny, all six of Marquez’ wins prior to joining the UFC came via knockout, and all three of his octagon victories come via submission. Just an interesting fact.

Then we have Deron Winn, a freestyle wrestling standout we learned of in his Golden Boy Promotions bout against UFC veteran Tom Lawlor. This was the night former light-heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz had their trilogy, quite regrettably we might add. He won that fight via unanimous decision, improving his record to 5-0 (4 knockout, 1 decision) before coming over to the UFC.

Winn then defeated Eric Spicely, also via unanimous decision, before losing back-to-back fights to Darren Stewart (SD) and Gerald Meerschaert (rear naked choke). He would rebound with a unanimous decision victory over Antonio Arroyo, before being stopped (TKO) by Phil Hawes in his latest appearance back in June, the same night Marquez lost to Rodrigues.

Winn is a two-time NJCAA national champion, and he placed third, capturing the bronze medal in both the NAIA national championships, as well as the Pan American Championships. He was also a three-time state champion in high school.

The thing is, he’s absolutely tiny for 185 lbs. And believe it or not, he fought at 205 lbs before joining the UFC.

Winn stands just 5’6” with a reach of 70”, while Marquez stands 6’2” with a reach of 72”.

Marquez poses some problems for Winn, especially considering his size. Winn has had issues with that in the past.

But the last man he defeated stood 6’3”, and Winn handled him with no problem. This should be interesting.

Who walks away from UFC Fight Night 216 the victor in this stellar middleweight match up?

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