Yancy Medeiros Signs New UFC Deal: ‘It’s Not What I Wanted, But It’s Better Than What I Had’
Yancy Medeiros has signed a new UFC contract ahead of his fight with Mike Perry at UFC 226.
The Hawaiian will face Perry on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Donald Cerrone back in Feb.
Speaking on MMAJunkie Radio this week, Medeiros revealed that he’d signed a new UFC deal and that he was at leas happy with the fact that it was a better deal than he had before.
“I let my manager deal with that, I have a great relationship with him,” Medeiros said.
“I feel like it was alright. I feel like all the fighters deserve way more than we’re getting, but from the raise I got and the Perry [fight], I feel like I got better than I had.
“Not what I wanted, but better than I had.
“I’m just trying to make the best out of the situation and if I keep winning I”ll make more money and that’s the end product.”
In order to get back to winning ways, Medeiros believes he’s going to have to adapt his style from his last few fights. The Hawaiian believes he has to start showing more of all round game and not just get dragged into wars like he has done in his last two fights against Holloway and Alex Oliveira.
“I train with Max [Holloway] and when I got to Cali I train with Nick and Nate [Diaz]. I train with all these badass fighters and martial artists,” Medeiros said.
“My coaches think I’m so well rounded, they say ‘Yancy you get dropped every fight and they still can’t finish you on the ground.
“I’m like why the f*** aren’t I using my ground [game] when I’m coherent and not when I’m f***ing trying to survive?
“I feel like I have great jiu-jitsu, maybe not enough to win, but enough not to lose either. I got decent jiu-jitsu and I roll with Nick, Nate and Kron Gracie. I feel like I’m very confident there and my jiu-jitsu coaches want me to be utilising everything I do.
“They want to see the Yancy in the gym, not the crowd pleaser that just wants to get in there and bang. They want me to show my technicality and how good I am in the gym.”
UFC 226 will be headlined by Stipe Miocic defending his UFC heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier in the main event.