Deron Winn calls 12-takedown win over Antonio Arroyo a ‘subpar’ effort

Matt Erickson and Ken Hathaway
·2 min read

LAS VEGAS – Deron Winn beat Antonio Arroyo with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 183 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Winn, who snapped a two-fight skid with a mild upset win.

Antonio Arroyo vs. Deron Winn

Result: Deron Winn def. Antonio Arroyo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Updated records: Winn (7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Arroyo (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) Key stat: Winn landed 12 takedowns.

Winn on the fight's key moment

"As a wrestler, we're born and bred to break people. So I could feel early when he was breaking. I’m tough and durable. I prepared a bit differently this time. I’m real durable. He was hitting me hard, but nothing to where I was (worried)." https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1340435879672819718

Winn on making improvements

"Honestly, it was subpar. I know I got it done, but I’ve been working on so many other things than what I showed. I’m still young in the game. I’ve done a lot in this past year to improve my overall skill set. I’m not disappointed. I’m happy I got the win. I’ve had a really crazy year. I’m happy with that, but it was a subpar win. "I’ve been working a lot on my strikes and transitioning those into my takedowns. I feel like I got to show a little bit of it, but I still need more ring time. That was my ninth fight and fourth in the UFC. I only had one fight go the distance before I got in the UFC. I got in the UFC young in my game. I’m still green and raw. I’d like to think I’m improving and showing people I belong." https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1340433218948968450

Winn on what he wants next

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 19: (L-R) Deron Winn punches Antonio Arroyo of Brazil in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

"I need to get some more wins before I call people out. I have a lot to work on. I had so many other ideas of what I was going to do out there and I still couldn’t put them into play. I’ve got to get back to the lab. I would love to fight three times next year and get better overall." To hear more from Winn, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. [vertical-gallery id=575862] [vertical-gallery id=575860]