Welcome to the Co-Main Event of UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira, an exhilarating matchup of powerhouses Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros! The fight for Welterweight supremacy will take place on February 18th at 8pm eastern time, at Texas Stadium in Houston. Cerrone, a first-time member of the UFC Hall of Fame, brings with him a strong 21-9 record. With multiple wins over some of the top fighters in the sport including Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, he is no stranger to thrilling battles and entertaining fans with his undefeated record at Welterweight events. On the other hand, Yancy Medeiros is also poised to make a memorable showing as he enters his 24th professional fight. After spectacular performances against Erick Silva and Dustin Poirier at Middleweight matches, Medeiros moved up to Welterweight in 2017 where he has achieved three successive wins (two by knockout) since then. It is exciting to see how much he has improved since making the move and whether or not this will be enough for him to challenge “Cowboy” Cerrone’s impressive streak beyond Welterweight events.
Background on Donald Cerrone
Donald Cerrone is a professional mixed martial artist currently signed to UFC. He is the former WEC Welterweight Champion and the first fighter in history to win five consecutive “Fight of the Night” awards by the UFC. Cerrone was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he trained in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before beginning his MMA career. Cerrone won his pro debut at Ring of Fire 30 on October 21, 2006 by submitting Kenneth Seegrist with a triangle choke. After winning his next three fights, Cerrone had joined World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) where he became one of their two inaugural Lightweight Champions. As champion, Cerrone successfully defended his title against Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson before losing it to Ben Henderson for a second time. In 2011, with WEC merged into UFC, Cerrone competed as a lightweight in main events until 2015 when he moved up to welterweight division.
Since then Cerrone has fought top contenders like Eddie Alvarez, Patrick Cote , Rick Story , Matt Brown and Jorge Masvidal . In 2019, he marked off an historic milestone when he became the 1st fighter ever to have 50 fights inside the Octagon with UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Vieira paying him yet another fight of night award for his winning match with Yancy MederiesTetorb.
Background on Yancy Medeiros
Yancy Medeiros is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Born in Hawaii, Medeiros spent several years training Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before beginning his professional MMA career in 2007. He has since compiled an impressive MMA record of 14–4.
In 2013, Medeiros signed with the UFC and made his debut against Yves Edwards at UFC Fight Night 26. Since then he has collected notable wins over Diego Sanchez, Joe Proctor, Jeremy Stephens, Erick Silva and Alex Oliveira. In 2017, he scored a Performance of the Night bonus for his TKO victory over Erick Silva at UFC 212.
At UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Vieira on February 21st 2018, Medeiros will take on Donald Cerrone in what will be his biggest challenge to date – a fight that many are viewing as a potential “Fight of the Year” contender.
When two of the most exciting fighters on the UFC’s roster collide in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira, it is hard to contain fans’ excitement. Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros have combined for a total of 30 knockout victories, but it would be wrong to assume that this contest could not last longer than the distance. On March 3rd, fans will get to witness what should prove to be an evenly contested battle for the ages.
Donald Cerrone enters this bout with a professional record of 32-9-1. The American is no stranger to going five rounds, as his three fight winning streak was established over five rounds against experienced opponents such as Eddie Alvarez and Matt Brown. Cerrone has proven himself as one of the most durable lightweights in recent times and his technical muay thai skills were on full display against Mitch Clarke back in 2016 when he unleashed 51 unanswered strikes, ending their bout early due to a doctor stoppage decision.
His counterpart Yancy Medeiros stands across from him boasting an impressive 15-4 record inside the octagon. He has consistently been involved in thrilling battles even if they don’t go his way such was seen when he stepped up for a short notice fight against rising prospect Alex Oliveira back April of 2016 (loses via TKO). His most recent outing saw him finish Erick Silva via punch at UFC 212 – this was Medeiros 10th knockout victory and represented an important statement for the Hawaiian native propped up by an equally impressive list of past wins relevant highlight reel finishes over Sean Spencer, Joe Proctor and Yves Edwards.
Overall both fighters come into this fight possessing top level striking skills , alert defense systems which rely heavily on their ability to elude punches as well relentless attacking impulses that continually overwhelm their adversaries. Whoever comes away victorious can take one giant step towards securing potentially huge matchup next up with any of lightweight division’s elite names.
On Saturday, March 3rd the UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira card will showcase one of the event’s most highly anticipated bouts between two warriors who already have their hands full with sorting out lightweight contenders and current champions in the division. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros are no strangers when it comes to delivering exciting fights, having both left past opponents either unconscious in submission or to their own bad decisions after wading through a flurry of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes.
Donald Cerrone needs no introduction for any MMA fan who’s watched his career. His list of accomplishments reveals why he’s considered one of the best in the business; from his knockout victory over veteran Edson Barboza to his dramatic submission win against Eddie Alvarez in their classic fight at UFC 178 just over two years ago, fans know they’re in for some classic “Cowboy” action when watching him compete. His versatile striking game combines boxing and kickboxing which is backed up by excellent wrestling skill that often leads to efficient takedowns and back takes less experienced players struggle escaping from.
As impressive as “Cowboy” is, Yancy Medeiros isn’t exactly a slouch himself since joining the elite roster of contenders fighting within The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He’s earned a reputation as well-rounded fighter with fearsome striking skills that are complimented nicely by dangerous submission game; earning first round submission victories over Abel Trujillo and Josh Burkman among others during his tumultuous ascent up the lightweight division rankings.
In what should be an intriguing matchup between Barnett & Medeiros on March 3rd at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Vieira there can only be one victor; though it may ultimately come down to who possesses superior cardio stamina after such a high paced brawl is completed – predictions seems It’s very difficult to pinpoint an outright winner for this fight but many favor Cerrone due to his vast experience and effective attack techniques against smaller opponents than himself – with an expert clinching game often giving him an edge which will likely come into play here once more.
Fight Card Preview
The co-main event for UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira is an intriguing welterweight bout between two of the heavier hitters: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros.
Cerrone (32-10) is a veteran of the UFC’s lightweight and welterweight divisions, having first debuted in the promotion in 2011. He brings unique stand-up comfort to the table, mixing spinning strikes with boxing combinations, leg kicks and plenty of trash talk inside the cage. Cerrone has most recently reeled off three straight wins, including a dominant TKO victory over Alex Oliveira at last February’s UFC Fight Night: Denver event. He will be looking to make it four in a row when he steps into the octagon opposite Medeiros on March 11th.
Medeiros (15-4) has also gone 3-0 since dropping down to welterweight back in late 2016. His most recent win came against Erick Silva at last October’s UFC Fight Night 117 event where he earned himself a performance of the night bonus with his Round 1 TKO finish. The Hawaiin brings incredible athleticism to bear inside the octagon and always looks to push forward with high pressure combinations that can end fights quickly if his opponent is not prepared for them. He will be certainly be looking for another spectacular performance when he clashes against Cerrone on March 11th as he bids to crack into the top 10 rankings at 170 lbs.
UFC Fight Night: Holm Vs. Vieira
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on February 11, 2018 at 15,422-seat Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. The event aired on Fox Sports 1 and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
Headlining the card was a women’s bantamweight bout between former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and rising Brazilian contender Bethe Correia. In the co-main event of the evening, Donald Cerrone faced Yancy Medeiros in a welterweight showdown. Ten additional bouts took place throughout the event as well.
UFC Fight Night marks the fourth time for a UFC event to take place in São Paulo, following UFC on FX 8 in 2013, UFC Fight Night 51 in 2014 and The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado in 2014.