Yancy Medeiros describes himself as hungry for his next fight.
The feeling is nothing new to the 28-year-old lightweight, who has been disciplining his cravings since 2009.
Seven years and 50 pounds ago, Medeiros was competing at light heavyweight. The Makaha native used to live day-to-day at 245 pounds.
Medeiros’ transformation is nothing new (he began fighting in the 155-pound division in 2013), but his focus during camp for his fight at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil against Francisco Trinaldo has been commitment to nutrition.
“It’s the weight cut,” Medeiros said. “Hawaiians like to eat, man, so the weight cuts are where I really gotta focus a lot of my time into, which isn’t bad. It’s just different. The Hawaiians eat more. We like to eat. We eat a lot! So we just gotta eat in portions.”
Medeiros has made a move in the UFC to become a prospect with wins in three of his last four fights.
Trinaldo, a high-level kickboxer, will provide a test in his own right, but a hostile Brazilian crowd is something Medeiros relishes.
“I’m the underdog. I’ve got nothing to lose, but also I’m Portuguese too,” he said. “So I’ll keep my mouth shut, blend in right. Give them a nice smile and shaka, like I’m right at home, and it will be pretty fun. I’ve never been to Brazil, so I can’t wait.”
UFC 198 will begin at noon HST on Saturday. Medeiros vs. Trinaldo is scheduled for the undercard.