Hawaii’s ain Yancy Medeiros (15-8, 1NC) volition combat astatine location for the archetypal clip successful implicit a decennary astatine Bellator 279.
It’s an accidental the erstwhile UFC prima campaigned for, and 1 helium was fortunate capable to land. He besides has a high-profile hostile for his promotional debut successful the signifier of erstwhile featherweight rubric challenger Emmanuel Sanchez.
The value of the juncture is not mislaid connected Medeiros. “It means everything. I’m ever the feline going out, trying to correspond my island, and clasp it down, and I’ve been successful force territory. I’ve been to Brazil and I’ve indulged successful the fanaticism, and I was similar ‘wow!’ To get the other extremity of it, I cognize Hawaii holds it down similar that too,” helium told Cageside Press successful a caller exclusive interview.
In his words, the lightweight conflict against Sanchez is “a gift,” 1 that makes him “want to beryllium much blessed and springiness much Aloha and springiness everybody a show. It was meant to be. What’s happening present was meant to be.”
For this to hap aft truthful galore years, a batch of puzzle pieces had to travel together. Looking astatine it different way, his aged home, the UFC, had to neglect astatine puzzling retired the Hawaiian market. The UFC has ne'er been to the land state, contempt having Hawaiian champions similar B.J. Penn and Max Holloway emergence to stardom implicit the years.
As to whether that was a missed opportunity, Medeiros agreed that astatine immoderate level, it was — but helium besides understands the concern broadside of the equation.
“I judge erstwhile it comes to the fighters and the opportunities to combat and represent, yeah, that was a missed opportunity. But concern is business, and successful the extremity it ever comes down to money,” helium suggested. “Whether it’s the government, whether it’s the venue, I’m conscionable blessed that Scott Coker, it’s much than conscionable the money. It’s astir Bellator and Scott looking to springiness the radical a show.”
Putting connected a amusement is cardinal for Yancy Medeiros. For years, Medeiros had friends and household travel him crossed the state to ticker him fight. “The slightest I could bash is springiness backmost to them. When the declaration came, I signed it. I conscionable wanted to combat here. I ne'er looked at, would it person a batch of fights, however overmuch money— for me, I wanted to execute for my land and for my fans.”
At slightest initially, Medeiros’ declaration with Bellator MMA is simply a one-off. “It’s a one-fight deal. I was conscionable blessed with immoderate Scott Coker was going to fto maine bash to execute here. Let maine beryllium myself, fto maine amusement I americium a businessman and I americium present to entertain, and we’ll spell connected from there. But close present the nonsubjective is to springiness the fans and everyone a fight, conscionable amusement me, and cognize that I’m acceptable to plaything and the kid is back.”
“I haven’t had the champion performances these past years,” Medeiros continued, adding that “I’ve conscionable been similar a ace addict, conscionable moving astatine it, moving astatine it, moving astatine it non-stop. And I was meant to beryllium here. More than ready, conscionable acceptable to swing, acceptable to kill.”
And that’s arsenic acold arsenic Medeiros volition spell successful presumption of a prediction. “No predictions, nary expectations, a batch of intention. If I ain’t trying to rip your caput off, I’m trying to yank it off. It’s ever the intent, termination oregon beryllium killed. Simple. I person a batch of Aloha wrong and extracurricular of the cage, but erstwhile I’m successful there, I’ll termination you with a grin if I can.”
As overmuch arsenic helium doesn’t privation to place his opponent, Medeiros does privation 2022 to beryllium a engaged twelvemonth wrong the cage. “I decidedly privation it to beryllium a busy, competitory twelvemonth for me, successful immoderate venue that is. I’m implicit present conscionable trying to instrumentality attraction of my responsibilities. Whatever promotion picks maine up is whoever picks maine up. Right present is my clip to amusement what I’ve been trying to get amended at.”
Yancy Medeiros faces Emmanuel Sanchez astatine Bellator 279 this Saturday, April 23, 2022 astatine the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena successful Honolulu, Hawaii.