UFC Fight Night 68 is set to go down in New Orleans on Saturday night, and when you survey the card, the Dustin Poirier-Yancy Medeiros fight looks pretty promising…
Not only are both lightweights aggressive fighters, but both guys have a habit of finishing their opponents. Four of Poirier’s last five wins have come via a submission, TKO or knockout, and the same can be said for Medeiros (although his KO win over Yves Edwards in 2013 was overturned to a no contest, after “The Kid” tested positive for marijuana metabolites).
Well, recently Medeiros spoke to UFC.com about this Saturday’s fight, and while doing so, he had this to say about the match-up:
“[Poirier] is a game opponent, man,” Medeiros explained. “I know he’s coming in there to fight and I love that. I love fighting guys who are going to bring it and I know that’s what he’s going to do. He’s going to want to knock my head off and I feel that brings the best out of me. I want to give everyone a show and represent Hawaii and my teams both there and in California. I am there to entertain, but I’m also there to finish my opponent. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
It’s a big fight for Medeiros, as the Hawaiian fighter is coming off memorable, submission wins over Damon Jackson, and more recently, Joe Proctor. While Poirier isn’t currently a top 15 ranked lightweight, it wasn’t long ago when he was sitting near the top of the featherweight division. “The Diamond” returned to 155 in April, and KO’d Carlos Diego Ferreira.
“It’s always that much more motivating when you are winning,” Medeiros said. “Winning fights keeps me fired up and anxious to get the next one. You want to keep that wheel rolling and you just keep working hard in the gym to get ready for the next fight.”
Now it remains to be seen if the match-up will fulfil its “Fight of the Night” potential.
UFC FN 68 will be hosted by the Smoothie King Center and in the main event, Tim Boetsch will take on the legendary Dan Henderson.