Yancy Medeiros

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Yancy Medeiros
Born (1987-09-07) September 7, 1987 (age 32)
Wai'anae, Hawaii, United States
Other namesThe Kid
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach75.5 in (192 cm)
Fighting out ofMakaha, Hawaii, United States
TeamTeam Hakuilua
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision3
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yancy Medeiros Jr. (born September 7, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist of Filipino and Native Hawaiian descent, currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he has also competed for Strikeforce.

Early life[edit]

Medeiros grew up in Wai'anae Hawaii and at a young age began training in Karate. He is of Filipino and Native Hawaiian descent,[2] 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.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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, fighting as a Light Heavyweight, he then signed with Strikeforce.


In his Strikeforce debut, moving down to Middleweight, Medeiros defeated Raul Castillo by unanimous decision at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi. No. His next fight came against Gareth Joseph which Medeiros won via first-round KO due to punches at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum.[4]

Medeiros was expected to face John Salter at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine.[5] However, Medeiros was forced from the bout with an injury.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[7] 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 6, 2013.[8] 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.[9]

Medeiros was expected to face promotional newcomer Joe Ellenberger on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[10] However, in the week leading up to the event, Medeiros was pulled from the Ellenberger bout in favor of a match up on the main card with Jim Miller after his scheduled opponent Bobby Green pulled out of the bout.[11] Medeiros lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Medeiros was expected to face Justin Edwards on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[12] However, Edwards pulled out of the event in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Medeiros instead faced promotional newcomer Damon Jackson.[13][14] Medeiros won the fight by submission in the second round. The win also earned Medeiros his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Medeiros faced Joe Proctor on December 12, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale.[16] Medeiros won the fight in the first round after dropping Proctor with a spinning back kick to the body and securing a guillotine choke to earn the submission. The result also earned Medeiros a Performance of the Night bonus.[17]

Medeiros was expected to face Tony Ferguson on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[18] However, Medeiros pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau.[19]

Medeiros faced Dustin Poirier on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[20] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[21]

Medeiros faced John Makdessi on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[22] He won the fight by split decision.[23]

Medeiros next faced Francisco Trinaldo on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[26]

Medeiros faced Sean Spencer in a welterweight bout on September 10, 2016 at UFC 203.[27] He won the fight via submission in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[28][29]

Medeiros was expected to face Li Jingliang on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[30] However, in early January, Medeiros pulled out for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Bobby Nash.[31]

Medeiros faced Erick Silva on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212.[32] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[33]

Medeiros faced Alex Oliveira on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[34] He won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.[35] The win also earned him his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[36]

Medeiros faced Donald Cerrone on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 126.[37] He lost the fight via technical knockout out in round one.[38]

Medeiros was expected to face Mike Perry on July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[39] However, Medeiros pulled out of the fight on June 27 citing a rib injury and was replaced by Paul Felder.[40]

Medeiros faced Gregor Gillespie in a lightweight bout on January 19, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 143.[41] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[42]

Medeiros faced Lando Vannata on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2.[43] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[44]

Personal life[edit]

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 Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz for changing his diet and work ethic which allowed him to lose weight and move down in weight classes.[45]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 15 wins 7 losses
By knockout 8 4
By submission 4 1
By decision 3 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–7 (1) Lando Vannata Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 February 15, 2020 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Loss 15–6 (1) Gregor Gillespie TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 2 4:59 Brooklyn, New York, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 15–5 (1) Donald Cerrone TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros February 18, 2018 1 4:58 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 15–4 (1) Alex Oliveira TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 2:02 Detroit, Michigan, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 14–4 (1) Erick Silva TKO (punches) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 2 2:01 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 13–4 (1) Sean Spencer Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 203 September 10, 2016 2 0:49 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Welterweight debut. Performance of the Night.
Loss 12–4 (1) Francisco Trinaldo Decision (unanimous) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 12–3 (1) John Makdessi Decision (split) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 (1) Dustin Poirier TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 2:38 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Catchweight (159.5 lbs) bout; Medeiros missed weight.
Win 11–2 (1) Joe Proctor Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 1 4:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–2 (1) Damon Jackson Submission (reverse bulldog choke) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 2 1:54 Sacramento, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 9–2 (1) Jim Miller Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 1 3:18 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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 Originally a KO (punches) win for Medeiros; overturned after he tested positive for Marijuana.
Loss 9–1 Rustam Khabilov TKO (thumb 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 Middleweight debut.
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

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Yancy Medeiros to face Raul Castillo at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum".
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