Bellator signs Yancy Medeiros to long-term contract after successful ‘tryout’ in Honolulu

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Bellator signs Yancy Medeiros to long-term contract after successful ‘tryout’ in Honolulu
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Yancy Medeiros is on the Bellator roster for the foreseeable future.

Four days after his Bellator 279 win, Medeiros (16-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has signed a multifight contract with the promotion – something both he and Bellator president Scott Coker angled for in their post-fight news conferences.

A Bellator official informed MMA Junkie of the long-term signing Wednesday, but no further details on the terms were offered.

Medeiros, 34, signed a one-fight deal with Bellator to compete on his home island of Oahu, Hawaii this past Saturday. Against multiple-time title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez, Medeiros wooed the hometown crowd and promotional brass with a thrilling three-round decision.

“This week was surreal for me because I got to represent,” Medeiros told MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference. “Thank you, Bellator, for letting me do this for Hawaii. I really appreciate this. .. I hope to give you guys a show again.”

The win snapped a four-fight skid, all of which fights took place under the UFC banner and ultimately led to Medeiros’ departure. Medeiros competed 15 times for the UFC before signing with Bellator. His tenure included a main event against Donald Cerrone, as well as key victories over Alex Oliveira, John Makdessi, Erick Silva, and Damon Jackson.