Yancy Medeiros was once a light heavyweight. Now he fights at 155 pounds.

For that incredible 50-pound drop in competition weight, the undefeated Hawaiian credits Nick and Nate Diaz.

“They changed my nutrition, my work ethic,” Medeiros told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show. “I come from Hawaii and I fly all the way to California. I commute every other month to come up here and train with these guys. … That’s pretty much how I started going down all the way to 155. I actually thought I was going to fight at 170 because I fought [at] 185 in Strikeforce and I just kept losing weight.”

The transformation began when Medeiros was sidelined with an injury. Unable to train, he decided to work on what he could, which included his diet. He’d admired the Diaz brothers for their competitiveness and their style of fighting, but their lifestyle also made an impression on him.

“I started eating like them and I felt way better eating clean,” Medeiros said. “It wasn’t just the fact that I felt better, but I felt like my recovery was even faster and I could do the same things and have the same hard practices the next day. Nick and Nate showed me that. They showed me that your body talks to you and you start feeling different things, and now my whole nutrition is totally changed. I used to just eat clean to fight and now I eat clean to live. It’s a way of life now.”

Medeiros believes he’s even stronger now than he was at 205 pounds. Certainly he’s found a way to stay focused considering he hasn’t fought since his June 2010 knockout of Gareth Joseph in Strikeforce. Now, though, he’s set on a shot in the UFC. Medeiros will make his debut Saturday at UFC 159 against Rustam Khabilov.

“I’m a realist. He’s good,” Medeiros said. “He’s good, but Joe Silva called my manager and my manager told him yeah and he called me and I was happy because I got into the UFC. I’m not the Ultimate Chooser. I’m an Ultimate Fighter. If they gave me Ben Henderson, what am I going to say? No? To my first UFC fight? I’ll take anybody.”

Plenty of fighters say they’ll fight anyone, but a former light heavyweight like Medeiros seems to actually mean it.

“From what I heard, a couple of guys turned [Khabilov] down,” Medeiros said. “I’m not surprised. I’m not saying they’re little b--ches, but you know what I mean? You get to choose your fight, who you want to fight? … I don’t feel I’ve made a name for myself to even do something like that, say, ‘No, no, I don’t want to fight this guy.’ I’ve got to fight whoever they put in front of me.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:03:59).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jake Ellenberger vs. Jorge Masvidal added to TUF 24 Finale

  • 29 days ago

The Ultimate Fighter 24 finale is stacked with great fights, and now a welterweight war between Jake Ellenberger and Jorge Masvidal has been added.This season of The Ultimate Fighter is a very intere read news >>

Victory Fighting Championship books '3 Shows, 30 Days' year-end run with 6 title fights on UFC Fight Pass

  • 28 days ago

Victory Fighting Championship is gearing up to go hot and heavy to close out the 2016 calendar year this fall and early winter.Filed under: News read news >>

Polish MMA Promotion Books Mother of All Freak Show Fights | FIGHTLAND

  • 28 days ago

For all the great fights the now-defunct Pride FC put on in their Japanese homeland, some of the most vivid memories evoked from that promotion are the series of freak show fights and mismatches it p read news >>

MMA fighter knocks out drunk while working as bouncer - 'TMZ Sports'

  • 28 days ago

When you're drunk at the bar, don't pick fights with people you don't know. Here's a reminder of why MMA fighters are the real deal. read news >>

Rampage Jackson's Cousin, Nick Payne Looking to Add V3 Title to Spotless Record | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago

Undefeated Nick Payne, the cousin of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, is looking to add the V3 Fights lightweight title to his spotless record. read news >>

Mandy Polk Leveraging Her Competitive Fitness Background Heading into V3 Fights | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago

Mandy Polk hopes to leverage her competitive fitness background to ensure her success at V3 Fights on Saturday. read news >>

The 10: Big name fights coming in October

  • 27 days ago

Three continents, three huge fight cards - we look at the best action coming to the Octagon this month including John Lineker vs John Dodson, Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson and BJ Penn vs Ricardo L read news >>

Nate Marquardt, 53 Fights Later, Only Getting Better (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago

Nate Marquardt is 53 fights into his professional career, but he's only getting better. read news >>

The 7 Biggest UFC Fights That Never Happened

  • 25 days ago

MMA is a fickle mistress. More than any other sport, it giveth and taketh away seemingly on a whim. Fights are booked and unbooked based on injuries or drug test failures or pretty much all the thing read news >>

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 24 days ago

In today's fantasy preview, we're going to examine those fights and several more to see who has the edge going into Saturday night and if there might even be an upset brewing at UFC 204: Bisping vs. read news >>