It’s time for the lightweights, with Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo taking on Hawaiian Yancy Medeiros.

It takes all of ten seconds for Trinaldo to clinch Medeiros and almost take his back, but Medeiros stays upright and they commence a man-hug duel against the cage for a couple minutes. Then they disengage, and in the space they create comes a tapestry woven of kicks and punches and Trinaldo blasting Medeiros in the face repeatedly. Amazingly, despite eating all that leather, Medeiros manages to not go to sleep, and the horn sounds.

Trinaldo resumes knocking his opponent’s head back in the second, but after a couple minutes of that he actually starts to get tired. Still, everything Medeiros does results in a punch to the face, so you have to wonder if he’s going to remember his own name by the time the bout is over. With ten seconds left Trinaldo is exhausted, and Medeiros lands a left that drops him against the cage. This time it’s Trinaldo’s turn to get saved by the horn.

They’re a pair of spent fighters in the third round, but after a minute in Trinaldo starts putting those hands on Medeiros’ chin and can hardly stand. He keeps fighting, though, burrowing out from under when the Brazilian is on top, and after about two minutes of taking a beating the Hawaiian miraculously reverses him and is the one in command. It’s an insanely gutsy performance by Medeiros, who should’ve been out many times in that round.


Result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros via Unanimous Decision