When Makaha's Yancy Medeiros takes the octagon at UFC203 on Saturday in Ohio, don't be surprised to see a fighter who looks much bigger -- and healthier -- than the version of himself that fought Francisco Trinaldo in Brazil in May.
"I was too drained, trying to fight at 155," Medeiros told Hawaii News Now. "35 pounds is a lot to cut, but 170 is right there."
For the first time since entering the UFC, Medeiros will move up from the lightweight division and instead compete as a welterweight, a division that Medeiros, who has fought while weighing as much as 205 pounds, calls more comfortable.
"I'm tired of preparing to cut weight to fight," said Medeiros. Since deciding to move up in weight, "my preparation is strictly all on the fight. I can stay in fight week and it's like a regular week for me, so I think that's the biggest factor for me. I can stay ready, not get ready."
The move, Medeiros says, has has positive repurcussions across the board. Injuries heal faster, since he isn't eating at a caloric deficit. A typically pleasant person to begin with, Medeiros says his mood has improved, and the extra energy means he can devote more time and intensity to his workouts.
"A 15 pound cut, that's a regular day," says Medeiros, referring to the amount he'll have to lose to make Friday's 170-pound weight limit. "If you're watered up and hydrated and eating, we lose 10 pounds a day [working out]."
He's spent plenty of time working out while preparing to fight Sean Spencer, a strike-artist who has lost three of his last four fights.
"The gameplan is always to finish," said Medeiros. "He has a set of skills and a set of attributes that I need to watch out for, but for the most part, I'm gonna go in there and enforce my will and make it my fight. I'm there. I'm ready to represent my team and Hawaii."
Medeiros fights in the prelims of UFC203: Miocic vs. Overeem on Saturday. The bout can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.
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