30-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 15-4-0, 1NC
June 28, 2018 Yancy Medeiros News
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Medeiros has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 226 matchup against Mike Perry due to a broken rib, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Medeiros had been lined up for what could have been an action-packed fight against Perry on the FS1 prelims, but he'll now be on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time. The 30-year-old will likely look to get back on the winning track in the fourth quarter of 2018, as he last fought in February -- a loss against Donald Cerrone that snapped a three-fight winning streak.
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Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros (15-5) is coming off a loss to Donald Cerrone via TKO at UFC Fight Night in Austin back in February, snapping a three-fight win streak at welterweight. Perry (11-3) is also looking to bounce back after losing his past two fights, the first time he's lost back-to-back matches in his career. Neither fighter is much of a threat in the takedown department, so look for the majority of fantasy points to be racked up via striking in this one. Medeiros has a four-inch reach advantage and a much deeper UFC resume, so look for "The Kid" to open as a slight betting favorite in this one.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros controlled the opening part of the fight and seemed to hurt Cerrone on several occasions. At the midpoint of the first round, "Cowbody" knocked Medeiros down. Once Medeiros recovered, the fighters exchanged punches. Cerrone landed a huge right hand that essentially finished Medeiros, but he landed some follow-up punches for good measure. Medeiros made the mistake of engaging in a brawl with Cerrone, and Cowboy's precision ultimately proved to be the downfall of the Hawaiian.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros will return to the arena after winning an epic fight against Alex Oliveira at UFC 218 in Detroit on December 2. He claimed a third-round victory via TKO (punches) in a bout that won co-Fight of the Night, and has now won four out of his last five fights, including each of his past three. On the other side, Cerrone is looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat. This is the first time in his storied career that the "Cowboy" is on a three-fight skid, and he comes in having recently lost to Darren Till at UFC Gdansk on Oct. 21.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat. A. Fight. Displaying crazy toughness, Medeiros rebounded every single time it seemed like Oliveira was starting to get the better of the action. The 30-year-old is most comfortable in a brawl and that was on full display in this one. Medeiros is going to run into trouble as soon as he faces an opponent that refuses to engage him, but he is on the best run of his UFC career at the moment. Medeiros has earned three straight stoppage victories since moving up to welterweight. Oliveira and Medeiros claimed $50,000 co-Fight of the Night bonuses for their efforts.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros has won back-to-back fights to advance his career record to 14-4, 1 NC. The 30-year-old lands an average 4.07 significant strikes per minute while eating 4.81, suggesting a striking preference. However, three of his last five victories have come via submission. "The Kid" seems to have a pretty well-rounded skillset.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was your typical Medeiros effort. He landed a few big shots but spent far too much time with his back up against the fence. However, he figured out a way to win. Yancy's technical skills leave much to be desired. He excels in brawls and landing from odd angles. The finish Saturday came after he connected with a wild left hook that sent Silva sprawling to the mat. Medeiros followed up with strikes that controversial referee Eduardo Herdy felt were enough to stop the fight. Medeiros is now 2-0 since moving up to welterweight.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros isn't a technical fighter, but he throws tons of strikes from odd angles and he is fun to watch. He landed a couple of beautiful kicks in this fight and easily jumped on a stunned Spencer to lock in the RNC that ended the bout. A lifelong lightweight, Medeiros moved up to welterweight for this fight and said that is the division that he plans to compete in for the rest of this career. The weight cut down to 155 pounds was just too tough on his body. Medeiros doesn't have top-ten potential, but he is a competent member of the UFC roster.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros has dropped two of his last three bouts, most recently losing to Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision at UFC 198. He'll face a fighter that is also on a losing streak, but has been in the Octagon much more recently. Given Medeiros' resume and higher propensity to earn a knockout, he'll likely enter this bout as the favorite.
Fantasy AnalysisMedeiros was originally given a 180-day suspension pending medical clearance of a broken orbital bone, but he was apparently awarded that clearance in the hospital following Saturday's loss to Francisco Trinaldo. Now, it sounds like that suspension will be reduced to 45 days (30 days no contact). Although Medeiros is just 3-4 in the UFC, the gutsy showing he gave fans Saturday should afford him multiple additional fights with the promotion.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was one of the greatest displays of heart that you will ever seen in an MMA fight. Medeiros deserves a $50k performance bonus just for lasting the entire 15 minutes. Despite the fact he was obliterated in both the first and third rounds, Medeiros somehow had a chance to earn a stoppage win late in Round 2 and finished Round 3 in top position. The grit and toughness that Medeiros showed simply cannot be taught. There are plenty of guys who would have thrown in the towel in Round 1. This is one of the rare instances where a fighter may have raised his stock despite a convincing loss. Overall, Medeiros is now 3-4 (1NC) since joining the UFC in April 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisThe judges got this one wrong. Makdessi landed the biggest shot of the fight, a nice punch that dropped Makdessi late in the final round, but it's hard to see how the judges gave him either of the first two rounds. Medeiros failed to use his height and reach edge to his advantage and he looked confused for the majority of the bout. Medeiros got the win he desperately needed, but there was nothing memorable about his performance.
Fantasy AnalysisOn paper, this would seem like a winnable fight for Medeiros; the lanky Hawaiian possesses a submission arsenal against a definitive striking specialist. However, Medeiros not only missed weight in his UFC Fight Night 68 loss to Dustin Poirier, but was brutally TKO'd after being rocked multiple times. Despite his considerable reach advantage, Medeiros would likely be well-served to take this fight to the ground.
Fantasy AnalysisNot a great last couple days for Medeiros. He missed weight on Friday night and he spent Saturday night serving as a punching bag for Poirier. To his credit, Medeiros is as tough as they come. He absorbed at least seven or eight shots that would have knocked out any mortal man. Eventually though, even though he never went down, Medeiros was absorbing a ton of monster shots along the fence and referee John McCarthy stepped in and stopped the bout. He is only 2-3 (1NC) in his first six UFC fights, although all three losses have come against quality opponents (Poirier, Jim Miller, Rustam Khabilov).