UFC 212 Wai‘anae Winners Honored at HomeJune 11, 2017, 6:05 AM HST · Updated June 11, 6:05 AM 0 Comments
Waiʻanae natives UFC Featherweight title-holder Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros were recognized with congressional certificates this weekend for their victories at UFC 212 held on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At age twenty-five, Holloway has amassed the most career wins ever among competitors in his weight class, and his recent defeat of Jose Aldo—an athlete that has ruled the WEC and UFC for nearly a decade—earned him the title of undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion. Medeiros also brought home his 14th career win from Rio De Janeiro, defeating Erick Silva of Brazil.
Following a community parade from Nānākuli to Waiʻanae High School, the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joined community leaders and people across the Waiʻanae Coast to recognize Holloway and Medeiros, and present them with congressional certificates recognizing their achievements and their proud representation of Hawaiʻi to the world.
Rep. Gabbard said, “The eyes of the world are on Waiʻanae as we proudly welcome home Max and Yancy after their victories at UFC 212. Both of these young men have made Hawaiʻi so proud, representing our state with courage, strength, and aloha. Max and Yancy are not only champions in the octagon, they are also leaders in our community who take Hawaiʻi with them wherever they go, and who serve as mentors and role models to our keiki when they are here at home. I join the people of Waiʻanae and all of Hawaiʻi in congratulating Max and Yancy, and wishing them continued success.”
The congresswoman makes her way back to Washington, DC to participate in the annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony in the US Capitol on Sunday, and for votes in the US House of Representatives on Monday.