UFC 218 Gets Another Wild Bout – Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira Battles Yancy Meideros
The hits keep coming to the UFC 218 card in the Motor City. Marcelo Barone of Globo Esporte is reporting that the #14-ranked welterweight Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira will collide with Hawaiian Yancy Meideros. It’s unclear at this time whether this fight will take place on the televised portion of the preliminary card or the five-fight pay-per-view main card. UFC 218 takes place on December 2, 2017 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
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Since his February 2016 loss to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Oliveira (18-4-1 1(NC) MMA, 7-2 (1 NC) UFC) has put together a five-fight unbeaten streak with three finishes, all three of which he was the betting underdog for. Perhaps his most recent appearance was his most impressive when he flat-lined Ryan LaFlare in the second-round with an uppercut. Prior to the LaFlare win, he submitted Tim Means and earned a TKO victory over former Bellator Lightweight Champion, Will Brooks. At 29-years-old, “Cowboy” may very well be entering the prime of his career. The matchup with Meideros has potential to be an instant classic.
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Oliveira’s opponent, Yancy Meideros (14-4 (1 NC) MMA, 5-4 (1 NC) UFC) will also enter UFC 218 riding impressive performances inside the cage. At UFC 212 this past June, Meideros earned a TKO victory over welterweight division staple Erick Silva. Prior to that, he earned a Performance of The Night bonus will his second-round rear-naked choke submission of Sean Spencer at UFC 203 in Cleveland. A win over Oliveira could propel the 30-year-old Hawaiian into the UFC rankings at 170lbs.
With this welterweight fight addition, the UFC 218 card now includes:
#1 Alistair Overeem vs. #4 Francis Ngannou
#3 Eddie Alvarez vs. #5 Justin Gaethje
#2 Henry Cejudo vs. #4 Sergio Pettis
#9 Felice Herrig vs. #12 Courtney Casey
David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder
Angela Magaña vs. Amanda Cooper
Dominick Reyes vs. Jeremy Kimball
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi