UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros will air on February 18, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
#11 DONALD “COWBOY” CERRONE (32-10-0, 1 NC) vs YANCY MEDEIROS (15-4-0, 1 NC)
This is a five-round main event in the welterweight division. Cerrone brings boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Gaidojutsu, and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Medeiros brings boxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling giving him knockout power and grappling control. Both these fighters are trying to get into the top ten: from their power and aggression, I say Medeiros is the one to do so. His boxing and karate combinations can surely outmatch Cerrone’s boxing and kickboxing. Even his grappling is more well-rounded in his jiu-jitsu and wrestling. Cerrone only has jiu-jitsu; not be of much use against Medeiros. If Cerrone does not bring an aggression or try to pressure Medeiros then this will leave Cerrone with another loss. My prediction: Medeiros wins via TKO in Round 2.
#7 DERRICK “THE BLACK BEAST” LEWIS (18-5-0, 1 NC) vs #9 MARCIN “TYBUR” TYBURA (16-3-0)
This is a three-round co-main event in the heavyweight division. Lewis brings boxing giving him knockout power and some ground-and-pound. Tybura brings boxing and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Two heavy hitters are what the heavyweight division is all about. However, it takes grappling and cardio as well─Tybura has and Lewis lacks. Lewis can throw heavy strikes: yet his cardio is not great, let alone have almost not grappling techniques. I believe Tybura’s jiu-jitsu will overcome Lewis’ boxing and turn this into a one-sided beat down. My prediction: Tybura wins via unanimous decision.
#12 JAMES “THE TEXECUTIONER” VICK (12-1-0) vs #14 FRANCISCO “MASSARANDUBA” TRINALDO (22-5-0)
This is a three-round fight in the lightweight division. Vick brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving him striking power and grappling leading him to a near-perfect record. Trinaldo brings striking, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power with grappling control and cardio. Both are trying to make it into the top ten rankings. Vick’s striking and ground-and-pound appear too much for Trinaldo to handle. Trinaldo has jiu-jitsu and kickboxing; not at the level of Vick. The way it looks to be is Vick will keep the fight standing and pick Trinaldo a part. My prediction: Vick wins via unanimous decision.
THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES (27-11-0) vs CURTIS “CURTIOUS” MILLENDER (14-3-0)
This is a three-round fight in the welterweight division. Alves brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu giving him striking power and grappling control. Millender brings striking and grappling giving him knockout power and grappling control. Both have striking and grappling: Alves focuses on Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu. Millender has no focus on striking or grappling and I don’t think he can stand up to Alves’ Muay Thai. Even Alves’ jiu-jitsu will be too much for him and might not be able to gain top control. The way it appears is that Millender might not be making a good debut inside the octagon. My prediction: Alves wins via knockout in Round 1.
STEVEN “OCHO” PETERSON (15-6-0) vs BRANDON “KILLER B” DAVIS (8-3-0)
This is a three-round fight in the featherweight division. Peterson brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Davis brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Two identical fighters, but Peterson is more efficient with his Muay Thai and Jiu-jitsu combinations. Davis could pressure him with his Muay Thai─however, Peterson will be pressuring Davis throughout. Unless Davis finds a finish Peterson looks to edge out Davis. My prediction: Peterson wins via split decision.
SAGE “SUPER” NORTHCUTT (9-2-0) vs THIBAULT “GT” GOUTI (11-3-0)
This is a three-round fight in the lightweight division. Northcutt brings kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, kajukenbo, and jiu-jitsu giving him both striking power and grappling control. Gouti brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Both have striking and grappling: Northcutt contains more of both in his techniques. His kickboxing and karate combinations are too great for Gouti no matter how fast or aggressive he may be. Gouti does have jiu-jitsu to use; he won’t be able to match the jiu-jitsu of Northcutt. The only hope Gouti has is to hope Northcutt gets cocky and makes a stupid mistake. Other than that Northcutt looks to get back on the board after this fight is over. My prediction: Northcutt wins via submission in Round 2.