UFC RETURNS TO AUSTIN WITH A WELTERWEIGHT THRILLER
Las Vegas – UFC returns to Austin, Texas with an action-packed fight card, headlined by an exciting clash between welterweight contenders. No.10-ranked Donald Cerrone will look to rebound when he battles surging No.15 Yancy Medeiros in the five-round main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. MEDEIROS at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday, Feb. 18.
A perennial fan-favorite, Cerrone aims to snap the first three-fight skid of his career. Known for his aggressive and exciting style, “Cowboy” has locked horns with the who’s who of mixed martial arts. Over the course of his career, he’s secured impressive wins over Matt Brown, Rick Story, Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.
Standing in Cerrone’s way is rising welterweight Medeiros. A training partner of featherweight champion Max Holloway, Medeiros is has gone 3-0 since debuting at 170 pounds last year. Following impressive wins against Sean Spencer and Erick Silva, Medeiros stopped Alex Oliveira in a Fight of the Year candidate last month.
The co-main event will see a clash of heavyweight finishers, as No.6-ranked Derrick Lewis faces No.8 Marcin Tybura.
A power puncher with 16 knockout victories to his credit, Lewis was riding a six-fight win streak before suffering a setback to Mark Hunt in July. During his UFC run, “The Black Beast” has delivered spectacular wins over Travis Browne, Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga, and he aims to re-stake his claim among the heavyweight elite.
As for Tybura, the rising prospect recently engaged in a spirited scrap with former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Though he came up short on the scorecards, he proved he can compete with the best fighters in the division. With victories over former champion Andrei Arlovski, Luis Henrique and Viktor Pesta, Tybura is gunning to use Lewis as a stepping-stone to a title shot.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- Sage Northcutt looks to keep his momentum rolling when he faces dangerous striker Thibault Gouti.
- Marion Reneau battles former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger.
- DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES contract winner Geoff Neal debuts against tough Brian Camozzi.
- Jessica Aguilar welcomes former Invicta FC strawweight champion Livinha Souza.
- Roberto Sanchez looks for his first UFC win when he squares off with Joby Sanchez.
- The Ultimate Fighter veteran Sarah Moras takes on prospect Lucie Pudilova.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. MEDEIROS will air live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 18, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.