Today, at 10am, local fighter, Yancy Medeiros will take on longtime lightweight gamer, Yves Edwards in the UFC. It has been a long road to the UFC for Yancy, as he has been through several career postponing injuries, and a dramatic drop all the way from Light Heavyweight to Lightweight.
The creator of "Thug Jitsu", Yves Edwards, was long thought to be the best Lightweight never to hold the title. Now with a dramatic return to the UFC, Yves has managed to put together some fantastic wins, along with some amazing displays in defeat. He will truly be a fantastic test for Yancy.
Medeiros suffered a freak injury in h is UFC debut, and the bout was ruled a loss via TKO Injury, but he didn't let that get him down. Training the his maximum potential with his team here on the islands, as well as his connection with the Diaz brothers on the mainland, look for Yancy to be a totally different monster than we remember. Having strung together two quality wins in Strikeforce, the UFC has seemed to be an inevitability for our local scrapper, and this fight will serve as his re-debut in the promotion.
Though merely hours now until the bout, the the MMA community here in Hawaii continues to rally behind their local hero in hopes that he will unlock his full potential and join Tavares, Holloway, Kimura, and Browne in displaying the next generation of Hawaii fighter to the world.