Nearly a year since his last bout, Makaha's Yancy Medeiros will return to the octagon in January facing lightweight rising star Gregor Gillespie at UFC on ESPN+ 1.
The first card of the UFC-ESPN deal is scheduled for Jan. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Medeiros, who is 15-5-1 in his career, is coming off of a loss to Donald Cerrone in what was Yancy's first main event of his career.
He lost via first round TKO at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin, Texas where Medeiros said he was impatient in that fight and learned a valuable lesson that he took into training camp for his next bout which was UFC 226 in July against Mike Perry, but Medeiros was forced to withdraw from that matchup with a rib injury.
"The last camp was in summer and patience was my biggest enemy that I needed to work with and I got injured and I took it hard. and I just realized that, that was the process, that was part of being patient," Medeiros told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello on Friday. "I got better, I didn't take it as things don't happen to me, they just happen and I'm just a way better optimal being nowand I'm so ready to represent Hawaii."
Gillespie, a New York native last fought in June at UFC Utica where he submitted Vinc Pichel n the co-main event of the card.
The 31-year-old fighter is undefeated with a record of 12–0 that includes five UFC victories, and is considered by many as a future title contender in the division.
Medeiros will not be the only Hawaii fighter on the Brooklyn card, as Waianae's Rachael Ostovich will face Paige van Zant in flyweight bout.
It's been a very succesful month for Hawaii fighters in major MMA promotions.
Waianae's Max Holloway, Mederios' training partner started the month by succesfully defending his UFC featherweight title in New York with a third round TKO of Brian Ortega.
That was followed by Honolulu's Ilima-Lei MacFarlane headlining Bellator 213 at the Neal Blaisdell Center where she retained her flyweight title with a third round submission win over Valarie Letourneau just hours after Haleiwa's Dan Ige recorded a second straight victory at UFC on FOX 31.
"Hawaii, I'm so ready to represent. Max did a great job, Ilima did a great job, all of the boys in Hawaii represented in that Bellator and the UFC. 2019, the Hawaiian wave continues," added Medeiros.