UFC light heavyweight Deron Winn says UFC legend and commentator Daniel Cormier convinced him not to fight injured leading up to his earlier withdrawal ahead of UFC Vegas 31.
UFC fighters fight hurt all of the time, whether it be to earn a desperate paycheck or to put their pride on the line. But, for UFC light heavyweight Deron Winn, getting talked out of fighting injured was a blessing in disguise.
Winn had to withdraw from his UFC Vegas 31 bout against Phil Hawes earlier this year due to a lingering rib issue that’s he dealt with for years. During his UFC Vegas 39 pre-fight press conference, Winn talked about the process of deciding to put his health first.
“When I was younger, I suffered a rib injury and it’s always caught up with me here and there,” Winn said. “Other people like [Daniel Cormier] were telling me to pull out of my last fight, and I honestly had to get talked into it.”
“It was a tough decision, but a smart decision. In reality, I’m much more prepared this time around.”
The fight ended up getting pushed back to UFC Vegas 39, as Winn will fight Hawes in a very important bout in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
Deron Winn faces Phil Hawes in a massive light heavyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 39
Winn trains out of American Kickboxing Academy with some of the best talents in the sport, including former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He’s coming off of a dominant performance over Antonio Arroyo at UFC Vegas 17.
Winn still has a long way to go in his UFC career but is already making smart decisions regarding his health. He’ll look to see the fruits of his labor at UFC Vegas 39.