Yancy Medeiros returns from a main event disappointment to face “Platinum” Mike Perry at UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier, the MMA juggernaut’s summer blockbuster.
Medeiros (15-5, 1 NC) had a three-fight winning streak cut short when he came up against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 126 in Feb. 18 in Austin, Texas. It was an entertaining battle, but Medeiros came up short with Cerrone finishing him with two seconds left in the opening round.
It was Medeiros’ first loss since moving from lightweight up to welterweight, where his record in the UFC currently stands at 3-1. He’ll attempt to get right back in the thick of things at 170 pounds when he faces Perry at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
Perry (11-3) had become one of the more mesmerizing welterweights on the roster when he opened his UFC tenure with a 4-1 record, having won all four victories by way of knockout. Perry fell into a skid in his two most recent bouts, having lost back-to-back unanimous decisions to Santiago Ponzinibbio and Max Griffin.
Perry will now look to right the ship – though it will be no easy task – when he returns opposite Medeiros in July.
UFC 226 features a champion vs. champion main event, as heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic puts his belt on the line against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. The event is the cornerstone of the UFC’s 2018 International Fight Week festivities in Las Vegas.