September 7, 1987 |
Wai'anae, Hawaii, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||Wai'anae, Hawaii|
|Team||Team Gracie Fighter|
|Years active||2007 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yancy Medeiros grew up in Wai'ane Hawaii and at a young age began training in Karate. Medeiros wrestled for his Wai'anae Highschool Wrestling team, placing 3rd in the Hawaii State Wrestling Tournament his Senior Year of High School.
Mixed martial arts career
Medeiros began his career 4-0 before defeating EliteXC veteran Po'ai Suganuma at Destiny MMA: Pier Fighter 1. After winning two more fights to bring his record to 7-0, he then signed with Strikeforce.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On January 31, 2013, it was announced that Medeiros would be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship as part of the Strikeforce transition..
He dropped two weight classes to lightweight and made his UFC debut against Rustam Khabilov on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. The fight ended in unusual fashion as Medeiros dislocated his thumb during a takedown by Khabilov early in the first round, resulting in a TKO victory for Khabilov as Medeiros was unable to continue.
Medeiros took on Yves Edwards at UFC Fight For The Troops 3 on November 6th, 2013. He won by KO in the first round. The win, however, was subsequently overturned when Medeiros tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test.
Medeiros is of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent, known as Hapa Pukiki. Medeiros started off his career fighting at light heavyweight. He then moved down to middleweight and eventually made his lightweight debut at UFC 159. Medeiros credits the Diaz Brothers, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz, for changing his diet and work ethic which allowed him to lose weight and move down in weight classes.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||9 wins||1 loss|
|NC||9–1 (1)||Yves Edwards||No Contest (overturned)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 3||November 6, 2013||1||2:47||Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States||Tested positive for marijuana. Originally won by KO (punches)|
|Loss||9–1||Rustam Khabilov||TKO (injury)||UFC 159||April 27, 2013||1||2:32||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Lightweight debut|
|Win||9–0||Gareth Joseph||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum||June 26, 2010||2||1:19||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Raul Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi||February 26, 2010||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Zeke Prados||TKO (punches)||Destiny MMA: Maui No Kaoi||August 22, 2009||1||2:23||Wailuku, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jake Yasui||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UNU 1: Seek and Destroy||March 21, 2009||1||1:46||Wailuku, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–0||Po'ai Suganuma||TKO (punches)||Destiny MMA: Pier Fighter 1||November 15, 2008||3||0:37||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–0||Gino Venti||Decision (unanimous)||Hawaii Fight League 4||October 12, 2008||3||3:00||Waipahu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||3–0||Larry Perreira||KO (punches)||Hawaii Fight League 3||May 3, 2008||1||2:37||Waipahu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||2–0||Eddie Ohia||TKO (punches)||Hawaii Fight League 2||January 12, 2008||1||1:23||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||1–0||Rigo Mendoza||KO (punches)||Hawaii Fight League 1||October 19, 2007||1||N/A||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
- "Yancy Medeiros to face Raul Castillo at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum".
- "UFC 159 adds Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros to New Jersey lineup". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
- Dave Reid (2013-09-15). "Yves Edwards To Meet Yancy Medeiros At UFC Fight For The Troops 3". mmainsider.net. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
- "Yancy Medeiros’ UFC Fight Night 31 win overturned due to failed drug test". MMAjunkie.com. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- Matt Erickson (2014-01-27). "Joe Ellenberger debuts vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC 172 in Baltimore". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27.