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Rani Yahya Bio
Rani Ahmad Yahya (born September 12, 1984) is a 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).
World Extreme Cagefighting
Yahya made his WEC debut against former TKO 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. Yahya submitted Hosman with a northâ€“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. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Yahya faced Takeya Mizugaki on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Yahya was expected to face Chan Sung Jung on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23. However, Jung was forced from the card with an injury. and replaced by Mike Brown. 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.
Yahya next faced Chad Mendes on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Yahya was expected to face Jonathan Brookins on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1, 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. 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. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
ADCC 2007 â€“65 kg: 1st Place
ADCC 2005 â€“65 kg: 2nd Place
ADCC 2003 â€“65 kg: Quarter finals.
Record of opponents:
- Won: Teemu Launis (pts), Mario Delgado (pts), Wagney Fabiano (pts), Marcio Feitosa Souza (pts), Darell Moodley (sub), Bruno 'Chavez' Frazzato (Rear Naked Choke), Baret Yoshida (pts), Leo 'Leozinho' Vieira (Rear Naked Choke), Kohei Yasumi (sub), Jeff Glover (pts)
- Lost: Leonardo Viera (pts), Leonardo Viera (pts), Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles (sub)
CBJJ World Championships
2003 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place
2002 Purple Belt Pluma: 1st Place
1999 Pan-Ams + World
Championships and Accomplishments
- K-1 HERO'S
- 2006 K-1 HERO'S Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
- TNT: Vale Tudo 2 Tournament Winner
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Submission of the Night (2 Times)
Mixed martial arts record
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Rani Yahya from Sherdog
- The Arena MMA