“A good friend of mine told me the other day that simple styles come to fruition pretty quickly and they figure themselves out pretty quickly. But more dynamic, more diverse styles…greatness takes time. I’ve had to go through a lot, both in the cage and out of the cage. It’s taken a lot of time to get where I am right now. But I’m very, very confident in my skill set and what I’m able to accomplish, and I’m looking to show a beautiful return.”
There’s an excellent chance to begin that beautiful return this weekend.
“When they called me with this fight, I had just woken up. My manager says ‘Hey man, Yancy Medeiros at home February 15.’ I just grinned from ear to ear. Just stoked. I love fighting people with big names. I love high-profile fights. That’s what makes me feel alive. So being able to get this fight when I got this fight? It really made me feel good.”
It made fight fans feel really good, too. As word of the bout began to make its way around, prognosticators across the MMA spectrum predicted it to be the Fight of the Night, without hesitation.
Vannata is flattered, but begs to differ.
“I mean…I guess to the fans it’s Fight of the Night because they see that Yancy and myself both have these attitudes where it’s like ‘All right, if you’re gonna throw, I’m gonna throw. Let’s go then.’
“In my mind, it’s not Fight of the Night, it’s Performance of the Night.”