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UFC Fight Night 126: Medeiros vs Cerrone To End In Thrilling Upset

UFC Fight Night 126: Medeiros vs Cerrone To End In Thrilling Upset

Cowboy vs Medeiros is Going To Be Wild

One thing is guaranteed in this main event: it's going to be a crazy back-and-forth with someone going unconscious. Despite a three-fight skid, Cowboy (-160) is the slight favourite thanks to a deep UFC resume that includes 13 post-fight bonuses including 24 total finishes. But Medeiros (+130) is dangerous as a dog as you can get as the Hawaiian is hitting his stride on this three-fight winning streak.

With 11 fights in the last three years, the damage is finally taking its toll on Cowboy who was finished by strikes in two of his last three losses. He'll have to fight smarter against the tireless Medeiros who not only has punching power but is constantly improving and is extremely durable himself.

With Cowboy on the mend and Medeiros on the upswing, this fight is tough to call although recent fights suggest Medeiros may just pull off the upset. 

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros

The one stat that jumps out of the page: 9.27 significant strikes absorbed per minute. That is the combined strikes both Cowboy (4.08) and Medeiros (5.19) absorb. Cowboy (4.22) and Medeiros (4.35) also combine for 8.57 significant strikes landed per minute making them prolific offensive fighters with deficient defence. This is a recipe for a fun but otherwise unpredictable fight.

The difference here will be whose chin will hold up better. That leans towards Medeiros who has only been finished by strikes once and this was during a botched weight cut. At 170, Medeiros has been an absolute tank and took everything Alex Oliveira threw at him. Cerrone used to be the same fighter but at 34 with 36 fights under WEC/UFC, he's just not as durable anymore.

Cerrone will have to improve his defence and nonexistent head movement against Medeiros though at his age it's unclear if he's really improving as a fighter. Alternatively, he can exploit Medeiros's lower extremities with his deadly leg kicks to open him up to a potential fight-ending head kick.

This fight could play out almost like the Medeiros and Oliveira fight with both fighters trading big shots back-and-forth. They both have underrated wrestling but the fight will primarily stay standing. While it's plausible that Cowboy out lasts Medeiros, he'll have to weather a furious storm to do it. 

Prediction: It's too early to call Cowboy a shot fighter but he's at that point in his career where he can't afford to be as careless. Medeiros is also in the danger of being finished especially with his short turnaround. But as the younger and more durable fighter, Medeiros should eventually break Cerrone and win the fight.

Our Record: 7-3

Yancy Medeiros (+130) Sports Interaction

Betting Stats & Tidbits:

  • 38%: the expected outcome of Cowboy finishing Medeiros, the highest expected outcome of the fight followed by Medeiros finishing Cowboy at 29%
  • 3-2: the record for Cowboy in his last five fights when he opened as a favourite and also the record for Medeiros in his last five fights opening as an underdog
  • 52%: the percentage of UFC welterweight bouts ending in a finish; of 882 fights, 278 (31.5%) ended by T/KO while 181 (20.5%) ended by submission
  • 3/3: the over/under record for Cowboy and Medeiros's last three fights, combined; Cowboy's over/under is 1/2 while Medeiros is 2/1

UFC Fight Night Predictions

All betting odds via Sports Interaction.

Lock it Up! For James Vick (-240) who will soundly defeat a game Francisco Trinaldo (+180). Vick has been an underrated fighter and is 8-1 in the UFC with his only loss to top-10 fighter Beneil Dariush. Trinaldo is a solid kickboxer and is tough but Vick has a significant size and reach advantage and will use that in his favour.

Our Record: 8-2

Who's A Good Dog? Canadian bantamweight Sarah Moras (+135) has a path to victory against Lucie Pudilova (-175) if she gets her within grappling range. Nicknamed "Cheesecake", Moras is heftier and stronger than she looks and can neutralize Pudilova and maybe even submit her.

Our Record: 5-5

Just Say No: to Brandon Davis (-185) versus Steven Peterson (+145). These two are well-versed MMA fighters with a penchant for getting into wild and unpredictable battles. While Davis should win, Peterson's grit shouldn't be discounted and he can win by aggression alone.

Main Card (TSN 2, 9:00 PM ET)

  • Welterweight (170 lbs): #11 Donald Cerrone (-160) vs #15 Yancy Medeiros (+130)
  • Heavyweight (265 lbs): #7 Derrick Lewis (+130) vs #9 Marcin Tybura (-165)
  • Lightweight (155 lbs): #12 James Vick (-240) vs #14 Francisco Trinaldo (+180)
  • Welterweight (170 lbs): Thiago Alves (-175) vs Curtis Millender (+140)
  • Featherweight (145 lbs): Steven Peterson (+145)  vs Brandon Davis (-185)
  • Lightweight (155 lbs): Sage Northcutt (-315) vs Thibault Gouti (+225)

Prelims (Fight Network, 7:00 PM ET)

  • Lightweight (155 lbs): Jared Gordon (-280) vs Diego Ferreira (+205)
  • Welterweight (170 lbs): Geoff Neal (-215) vs Brian Camozzi (+160)
  • Flyweight (125 lbs): Roberto Sanchez (+110) vs Joby Sanchez (-140)
  • Women's Bantamweight (135 lbs): Sarah Moras (+135) vs Lucie Pudilova (-175)

Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 6:00 PM ET)

  • Welterweight (170 lbs): Joshua Burkman (+195) vs Alex Morono (-270)
  • Middleweight (185 lbs): Oskar Piechota (-300) vs Tim Williams (+220)

Another week and another UFC event and MMA-hungry Canadian fans head to these sportsbooks to get all their betting needs. Read our reviews before making any commitments.

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