HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Waianae's Yancy Medeiros takes on Francisco Trinaldo at UFC198 in Brazil on Saturday, a months-long training camp won't have been the biggest obstacle for the Waianae native.
It won't have been the 27 hours of travel time it took to arrive in Curitiba, and it won't have been preparing a plan of attack for the bout against his 37-year-old Brazilian challenger.
"Preparation is always easy for me," Medeiros told Hawaii News Now, on the eve of his departure for Brazil. "It's the weight cut that's, you know, always the problem for us Hawaiians."
For Saturday's contest, Medeiros' history with weight fluxuation may play a bigger role than many expect. Though he's won three of his last four fights at 155 pounds, Medeiros hopes his history of competing professionall in a heavier class is an advantage against an opponent known for his power punches.
"Trinaldo is very strong at what he does, and he's a very powerful striker," said Medeiros. "But I fought at 205 in Hawaii. I fought big boys. Size wise, power wise, that's never a factor for me."
To his credit, injuries don't figure to be factors in this weekend's fight, either. Though he's suffered various ailments during his fighting career, including a torn ACL and a dislocated thumb, Medeiros says his training focus on injury prevention has done wonders for his fight mentality.
"I've had several injuries before, and it would just be stuck in the back of your head, you know, because you're just unsure of yourself when you're working out," said Medeiros. "I guess it's just a good self motivation for myself to know that I don't have these injuries, and I start feeling younger again."
A win, of course, would likely have similar results, though Medeiros knows it won't come easy.
"I can't say how the fight is going to end, but I can say that I'm going to put everything in it," Medeiros said. "The plan is always simple. Bang hands, do work, and make that paper. I'm gonna get in there, represent Hawaii, represent my team, and come out with a victory, especially a finish."
Medeiros fights on the undercard of UFC198, which begins at 3 p.m. Hawaii time. The fight can be seen on Fox Sports 1.