MMA Preview – Deron Winn vs Antonio Arroyo at UFC Vegas 17

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DERON WINN VS ANTONIO ARROYO FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 17? Saturday 19th December, 2020 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 17? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 17? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC Vegas 17 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 17? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

DERON WINN VS ANTONIO ARROYO LOWDOWN

Deron Winn (6-2) is back after serving his nine month ban for taking amphetamines which he tested positive for after his loss to Gerald Meerschaert. They did not help him as he got submitted in the third round. He is unfamiliar territory now losing his first two fights in a row with the first being a split decision to Darren Stewart.

At this point, Antonio Arroyo (13-2) just wants to get in that APEX cage and throw down after numerous bouts falling through. He was scheduled to fight Andreas Michailidis but Eryk Anders had to fill in, only to to pull out after weighing in, cancelling another bout for Arroyo. The Brazilian has stayed ready and now steps in for Antonio Braga Neto hoping to redeem himself for his UFC debut loss to Andre Muniz over a year ago.

DERON WINN VS ANTONIO ARROYO PREDICTION

There is no doubting Winn’s talent as a decorated wrestler, but the man just needs to go on a diet to be a threat at welterweight. Instead, he struggles to make the 185 lb mark at 5’6”. He is completely undersized for the middleweight division and despite his wrestling pedigree, there is only so far he can go and Arroyo could be another fighter to exploit that.

Arroyo is a very strong and explosive striker who will boast a seven-inch height and three-inch reach advantage and the fact that this is a catchweight bout at 195 lbs will suit him even more. He got outgrappled in his last fight, but Muniz is also a strong middleweight and is not only a very strong grappler like Winn, but he is also a high level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

We expect Winn to strike to begin with but shoot in for the takedown as soon as he spots an opportunity. However, Arroyo has the power and athleticism to defend the takedown and if he can create enough space, he will chop Winn down with heavy leg kicks and keep overwhelming him with powerful strikes to seal a decision or late finish.

Prediction: Arroyo via KO/TKO

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