Makaha’s Yancy Medeiros won back-to-back fights for the first time since 2014 with a second-round TKO of Erick Silva to open the UFC 212 pay-per-view telecast tonight in Rio de Janeiro.
Medeiros (14-4, 5-4 UFC) improved to 2-0 at 170 pounds after moving up from lightweight with a left hook that floored Silva (19-8, 7-7).
Medeiros quickly pounced on top of his opponent and landed a few strikes, forcing the stoppage from referee Eduardo Herdy at 2 minutes, 1 second that was protested by Silva.
“I believe the ref could have let him go a little bit longer, but it’s not my call,” Medeiros said in a post-fight interview. “Coach was telling me I was being too passive in the first round. I had to bring it in the second round.”
Medeiros landed an overhand right that glanced off the back of Silva’s head and temporarily stunned the Brazilian early in the first round.
Silva fought back with a series of leg kicks and landed a left hook near the end of the round that sent Medeiros backward into the cage.
Both fighters were patient standing until Medeiros landed the overhand right and left hook combo that ended it.
Medeiros landed 37 of 91 strikes and 34 significant strikes, while Silva landed 22 significant strikes, according to UFC.com.