MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skype with UFC Lightweight Yancy Medeiros and heard what he had to say about his upcoming UFC Rio Rancho fight with Lando Vannata. Yancy talks about the stylistic match-up, his expectations for the fight and what adjustments he’s made since his last appearance in the Octagon. He also talks about his good friend Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s loss to Conor McGregor and the people who suggest that Cowboy “quit” in the fight.
Yancy Medeiros grew up in Wai’ane Hawaii and at a young age began training in Karate. He is of Filipino and Hawaiian descent, known as Hapa Pukiki and Hapa Pilipino. Medeiros wrestled for his Waianae High School wrestling team, placing third in the state wrestling tournament his senior season. Yancy credits Kawika Pa’aluhi, an early pioneer of MMA in Hawaii, with motivating him to train and pursue a career in MMA. Mederios currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he has also competed for Strikeforce and EliteXC.
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