Rani Yahya

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Rani Yahya
Born(1984-09-12) September 12, 1984 (age 29)
Brasília, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach68 in (170 cm)
Fighting out ofBrasília, Brazil
TeamConstrictor Team
Rank2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2002-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total28
Wins19
By submission15
By decision4
Losses8
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision5
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Rani Yahya
Born(1984-09-12) September 12, 1984 (age 29)
Brasília, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach68 in (170 cm)
Fighting out ofBrasília, Brazil
TeamConstrictor Team
Rank2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2002-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total28
Wins19
By submission15
By decision4
Losses8
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision5
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Rani Yahya
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Grappling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Silver2005 California, USA-66 kg
Gold2007 New Jersey, USA-66 kg

Rani Ahmad Yahya (born September 12, 1984) is a Lebanese Brazilian mixed martial artist and BJJ practitioner. Yahya won the 66 kg division of the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2007. He currently fights in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Yahya made his WEC debut against former TKO Major League MMA featherweight champion Mark Hominick at WEC 28 on May 3, 2007. Yahya defeated Hominick in the first round with a rear naked choke.

He fought and lost to Chase Beebe via unanimous decision for the WEC bantamweight championship at WEC 30 on September 5, 2007.

Yahya rebounded from his loss to Beebe with a first round submission victory over former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland on the undercard of WEC 40 on April 5, 2009.

Yahya was scheduled to fight Kenji Osawa on August 9, 2009 at WEC 42, but due to a foot injury suffered by Osawa, he was replaced by John Hosman.[1] Yahya submitted Hosman with a north–south choke in the first round and earned his third consecutive Submission of the Night bonus.

Yahya fought Joseph Benavidez on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45.[2] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Yahya faced Takeya Mizugaki on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[3] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were brought over to compete in the 2 new weight divisions.[4]

Yahya was expected to face Chan Sung Jung on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23.[5] However, Jung was forced from the card with an injury.[6] and replaced by Mike Brown.[7] Yahya won the fight via unanimous decision.

Yahya was expected to face Dustin Poirier on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131, but had to pull out of the bout due to injury.[8]

Yahya next faced Chad Mendes on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Yahya was expected to face Jonathan Brookins on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1,[10] but was forced out of the bout with an injury.

Yahya fought Josh Grispi on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera, replacing an injured Pablo Garza.[11] Yahya was victorious, defeating Grispi in the first round with a north-south choke.

Yahya faced promotional newcomer Mizuto Hirota on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Yahya next faced Josh Clopton on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Yahya faced promotional newcomer Tom Niinimäki on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[14] He lost the fight via split decision.

Yahya faced Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight bout on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[15] The bout ended in a No Contest as an accidental clash of heads rendered Yahya unable to protect himself, forcing a referee stoppage at 0:39 of round 1.[16][17]

A rematch with Bedford was expected to take place on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens.[18] However, Yahya was forced out of the bout and replaced by Cody Gibson.[19]

The rescheduled rematch with Bedford is now expected to take place on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51.[20]

Grappling credentials[edit]

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2007 –65 kg: 1st Place

ADCC 2005 –65 kg: 2nd Place

ADCC 2003 –65 kg: Quarter finals.

Record of opponents:

CBJJ World Championships

2003 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place

2002 Purple Belt Pluma: 1st Place

1999 Pan-Ams + World

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
NC19–8 (1)Johnny BedfordNo Contest (accidental headbutt)UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. NelsonApril 11, 201410:39Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesBantamweight bout; No Contest due to accidental clash of heads.
Loss19–8Tom NiinimäkiDecision (split)The Ultimate Fighter 18 FinaleNovember 30, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win19–7Josh CloptonDecision (unanimous)UFC 163August 3, 201335:00Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win18–7Mizuto HirotaDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. StannMarch 3, 201335:00Saitama, Japan
Win17–7Josh GrispiSubmission (north-south choke)UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. VeraAugust 4, 201213:15Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss16–7Chad MendesDecision (unanimous)UFC 133August 6, 201135:00Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win16–6Mike BrownDecision (unanimous)UFC: Fight For The Troops 2January 22, 201135:00Fort Hood, Texas, United StatesReturn to Featherweight.
Loss15–6Takeya MizugakiDecision (unanimous)WEC 48April 24, 201035:00Sacramento, California, United States
Loss15–5Joseph BenavidezTKO (punches)WEC 45December 19, 200911:35Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win15–4John HosmanSubmission (north-south choke)WEC 42August 9, 200912:08Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win14–4Eddie WinelandSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEC 40April 5, 200911:07Chicago, Illinois, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win13–4Yoshiro MaedaSubmission (guillotine choke)WEC 36November 5, 200813:30Hollywood, Florida, United StatesCatchweight 137lbs bout, Yahya missed weight; Submission of the Night.
Loss12–4Norifumi YamamotoTKO (punches & soccer kicks)K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!!December 31, 200723:11Osaka, Japan
Loss12–3Chase BeebeDecision (unanimous)WEC 30September 5, 200755:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor WEC Bantamweight Championship.
Win12–2Mark HominickSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEC 28June 3, 200711:19Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win11–2Louie MorenoSubmission (guillotine choke)PFC 2: Fast and FuriousMarch 22, 200710:23Lemoore, California, United States
Loss10–2Gesias CavalcanteSubmission (guillotine choke)Hero's 7October 9, 200610:39Yokohama, JapanHero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-final.
Win10–1Kazuya YasuhiroSubmission (D'Arce choke)Hero's 6August 5, 200611:08Tokyo, JapanHero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix quarter-final.
Win9–1Eben KaneshiroSubmission (Ezekiel choke)UAGF: Kaos on KampusMay 20, 20063N/ALos Angeles, California, United States
Win8–1Ryuki UeyamaDecision (majority)Hero's 5May 3, 200625:00Tokyo, JapanHero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.
Win7–1Takumi YanoTechnical Submission (triangle choke)MARSFebruary 4, 200632:14Tokyo, Japan
Win6–1Taiyo NakaharaSubmission (north-south choke)GCM: D.O.G. 4December 11, 200511:59Tokyo, Japan
Win5–1Fabio AlvesSubmission (arm-triangle choke)K-1 Brazil: Next GenerationOctober 30, 20041N/AGoias, Brazil
Loss4–1Fredson PaixaoDecisionJungle Fight 2May 15, 200435:00Manaus, Brazil
Win4–0Luciano SantosSubmission (keylock)TNT: Vale Tudo 2April 17, 2004N/AN/AGoiania, Brazil
Win3–0Muzila MuzilaSubmission (armbar)TNT: Vale Tudo 2April 17, 2004N/AN/AGoiania, Brazil
Win2–0Fabio AlvesSubmission (Peruvian necktie)TNT: Vale Tudo 2April 17, 2004N/AN/AGoiania, Brazil
Win1–0Junior PebaSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Kallifas Vale TudoSeptember 14, 200211:30Goiania, Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenji Osawa out, WEC newcomer John Hosman in against Rani Yahya at WEC 42
  2. ^ "Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya set for WEC 45 in December". www.mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Rani Yahya meet at WEC 48 in April". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  4. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rani Yahya vs. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight for the Troops 2". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  6. ^ ""Korean Zombie" forced out of UFC Fight Night 23; Yahya awaiting replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Replacement Mike Brown steps in to meet Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya Targeted For UFC 131". Heavy.com. February 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chad Mendes meets Rani Yahya at UFC 133 in Philadelphia". mmajunkie.com. May 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Yahya vs. Brookins". mmajunkie.com. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "UFC on FOX 4 gets Josh Grispi vs Rani Yahya". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Strikeforce's Hirota vs. Yahya added to UFC on FUEL TV 8". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton slated for UFC 163 in Rio". mmajunkie.com. June 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Riley Kontek (October 8, 2013). "Newcomer Tom Niinimaki to Face Rani Yahya at TUF 18 Finale". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-02-10). "Rani Yahya drops to 135 pounds, meets Johnny Bedford at UFN 39 card in Abu Dhabi". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 39 results: Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya ends in 39-second no-contest". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2014-04-11). "Johnny Bedford knocks Rani Yahya out with headbutt, loses mind at 'no contest' announcement". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-04-21). "Rani Yahya and Johnny Bedford get rematch at UFC Fight Night 44". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-05-20). "Rani Yahya está fora da luta contra ‘desafeto’ Johnny Bedford; Ultimate anuncia substituto (Brazilian Portuguese)". tatame.com.br. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  20. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2014-07-24). "Rani Yahya-Johnny Bedford Rematch Set for UFC Fight Night on Sept. 13". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 

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