PREVIEW: Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs Yancy Medeiros
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UFC Austin is coming, and with it comes a BANGER of a main event between Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros. Today, we preview that fight.
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is the perfect mix of violence and badass in a person. He's the type of dude to go deep sea diving in between camps, catch rattle snakes, and ride bulls, because fighting for your life in a cage isn't hardcore enough. He was a longtime staple in the elite of 155, but following a title fight loss to then champion Rafael Dos Anjos, he felt he needed a change of scenery, so he went up a weight class, challenging top guys at 170. Most recently, he has fallen victim of a three-fight losing streak, two of which by stoppage. This isn't to say he's past the hill: he's just had a series of very tough guys. First, it was Jorge Masvidal less than 2 months after his previous fight. He would go on to fight for #1 contender that year. Then, he had a close decision loss to former champion Robbie Lawler. Most recently, in Gdansk, he suffered a first round finish by the hands of Darren Till, who looks to be the new hot commodity at 170 lbs. His kickboxing and jiu-jitsu are still elite, and that's what makes him so dangerous. He does have one glaring hole, however: his body. Over the years, many runs have been dismantles by his opponents attacking the body. This weekend against Medeiros, look for Cowboy to keep it standing because that's what he likes. He's going to use some of the best technical kickboxing in the division to try to halt the Hawaiians run.
Yancy Medeiros is legit. He's on a three-fight win streak and is on the opposite side of the spectrum than Cerrone in the fact that he is not generally considered elite. Just recently cracking into the top 15 following a FOTY performance against "Cowboy" Oliveira at UFC 218, he is looking to show that this run is his coming out party. He has long shown glimpses of greatness, but this is the the first time he has put it all together against top level competition. He has finished all three fights of this win streak, and look for him to do so again Sunday (ugh) night in Austin. If he goes to the aforementioned body of Cowboy, don't be surprised if we see an elusive "Cowboy" sweep of Oliveira and Cerrone.