UFC Austin: Cerrone versus Medeiros Breakdown and Analysis

 

UFC Fight Night 126 Main Event is an exciting welterweight meeting between two well-rounded fighters, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Yancy “The Kid” Medeiros. Both Cerrone and Medeiros moved up in weight to the welterweight division. Cerrone had a good start in the division until he had some setbacks last year.

Since Medeiros made the move to the welterweight division back in September 2016. Medeiros has rolled off three straight victories, defeating notable fighters such as, Sean Spencer by second-round submission and winning his welterweight debut and securing a Performance of the Night award, Erick Silva by second-round TKO (punches) and in his latest fight, defeating Alex Oliveira in a back and forth fight and eventually stopping his opponent in the 3rd round via TKO and also winning him a Fight of the Night award, his fifth Post-fight bonus to date in the UFC.

Cerrone burst onto the welterweight scene at the outset of 2016 but unfortunately was short-lived until entering 2017 being defeated by Jorge Masvidal in the second round by TKO, marking his first loss in the welterweight division. Cerrone eventually matched up with Robbie Lawler at UFC 214 and he lost a back and forth fight by unanimous decision. Cerrone’s last fight against Darren Till extended his losing streak to three by being defeated by TKO (punches) in the very first round.

Before sustaining these 3 back to back losses. Cerrone began his welterweight dominance at the beginning of 2016. Rolling off 4 straight victories in that year alone. So was Cerrone overworked and over-confident coming into 2017? or both?. I’d say both.

Both men love to strike. The difference is their styles. Cerrone is a slow starter. He doesn’t really rush his opponents. Working mostly on the outside, setting up combos. While Medeiros comes forward more than Cerrone. As with Medeiros last 3 fights, he’s more patient. He doesn’t overcommit with his strikes like he used to do as a lightweight. It’s interesting to note that Cerrone could stop Medeiros from achieving the same start as him with 4 straight wins as a welterweight. Medeiros is 3-0 as a welterweight now. Could Cerrone stop the Hawaiian wave from continuing his run in the welterweight division unscathed? And at the same time, tie the record of most wins in the UFC? or will Medeiros continue shooting off “Cowboy” after “Cowboy”?

UFC Fight Night 126 is once again scheduled to go-down from Austin, Texas on 18 February. The main event described here will take place at the top of the main card, which begins at 9 PM in the east and 6 PM in the west.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the fights!

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