There are a lot of a cross roads in Texas, and we have one more here Sunday Night in Austin in the main event, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, one of the greatest UFC fighters ever to never win a title, returns after three straight losses against Yancy Medeiros, one of the hottest rising fighters in the UFC welterweight division.
If he was anyone else, Cerrone (32-10, 18-7 UFC) might be on the bubble coming off three straight losses but given his incredible tenure with the company and the goodwill he has with fans, that probably he isn’t the case.
That being said, Cerrone needs a win to get back into title contention, and Medeiros (15-4, 6-4 UFC) is a good opponent for that. Cerrone is the bigger fighter and represents a step-up class for Medeiros. At the same time, the Hawaiian is hitting on all cylinders with his three straight wins coming by stoppage, including his war against Cowboy Oliveira in Detroit in December. The funny thing about that is that fight was only about nine weeks ago. Has Medeiros recovered from it. Is he Cowboying himself?
The co-main is an interesting heavyweight bout as Derrick Lewis (18-5, 9-3 UFC) returns from an eight-month layoff in his home state against Marcin Tybura (16-3, 3-2 UFC). Tybura is a tricky foe, as he showed coming off his five-round decision loss to Fabricio Werdum but being back in a three-round fight and healthy coming off a back injury, this is still a good situation for Lewis. Texas also brings us surging lightweight James Vick (12-1, 8-1 UFC), coming off three straight wins, against Francisco Trinaldo (22-5, 12-4 UFC). Vick is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC and Trinaldo may be the fighter that gets him that recognition to get a top foe. Given Vick is a 6’3 lightweight whose good everywhere, props to Trinaldo.
The main card will open with everyone’s favorite spikey haired, eight pack abed, innocent as snow ass kicker, Sage Northcutt (9-2, 4-2 UFC) taking on Thibault Gouti (12-3,1-3 UFC). Gouti, who is coming off his first win in the UFC against Andrew Holbrook, is a great opponent for Sage, who looked awesome in his last fight against Michael Quinones and has been training full time at Team Alpha Male for eight months now.
Some fights to watch on the prelims include Jared “Flash” Gordon (14-1, 2-0 UFC) taking on Carlos Ferreira (12-2, 2-2 UFC), who is returning to the cage for the first time in two years. Ferreira’s last fight was a win against Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who has gone a run since then. But Gordon seems to me to be the last guy you wanna face in a comeback fight. The lone women’s fight will be bantamweight Sarah Moras (5-2. 2-1 UFC) looking to build on the incredible comeback win she scored in Edmonton last October against Lucie Pudilova (7-2, 1-1), a girl who is starting to be known for making good fights.