Number 15-ranked welterweight contender Yancy Medeiros snapped his three-fight win streak on Sunday when he lost to Donald Cerrone via knockout. The stoppage happened with just two seconds left in the first round of their main event fight in Austin, Texas.
During a post-fight interview with MMAjunkie, Medeiros expressed his sentiments about the fight. While he did give props to “Cowboy”, he also felt that the fight may have been stopped by referee Herb Dean a little too soon.
“Obviously, I know that the ref is there to watch for our safety,” Medeiros said. “Obviously, Herb Dean didn’t see that I was safe enough to continue, so his call. Gotta learn, gotta make my adjustments, and I’ll be back.”
Instead of being upset about the decision, Medeiros made light of the situation by jokingly wanting to have had referee Mario Yamasaki officiate the fight. Yamasaki has gained notoriety for supposedly prolonging the action, that fighters on the receiving end of strikes from dominant positions end up taking extra unnecessary blows.
“We had an inside joke with my team, and I’m like ‘F—k, where’s Mario when you needed him?’” Medeiros said with a laugh. “But I was just f--king around. (Cowboy) caught me (with) my head on the center line and caught me with that nice punch. It is what it is.”
Medeiros now holds a record of 15-5, with one no contest and 12 wins by stoppage.