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Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya

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  • Given Name: Rani Ahmad Yahya
  • Professional MMA Record: 19-8-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1984.12.09
  • Last Fight: November 30, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Constrictor Team
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 68.0" (173cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $99,500 USD
  • Born: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Rani Yahya is a Brazilian featherweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and trains out of Constrictor Team in Brasilia, Brazil. He has previously fought for Jungle Fight, K-1, Heros and the WEC. During his time with the WEC, Rani would pick up the "Submission of the Night" bonus in three consecutive fights. He holds notable wins over Mark Hominick, Eddie Wineland and Mike Brown. Of his nineteen wins, fifteen have been finishes with all coming by submission.


Aside from his mixed martial arts career, Yahya has competed in several ADCC World Championships, eventually winning the under 65 kg division in 2007. He also took home a silver at the ADCC World Championships in 2005.


Rani began competing professionally in 2002 with a quick submission victory. He would not compete again until 2004, but he made a splash when he did by winning a one night, eight man tournament for TNT Vale Tudo. In the tournament, he won each fight with a different type of submission. By 2007, he was an 11-2 pro who had added Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semifinalist to his resume.


In mid 2007, Yahya was signed by the WEC and given a tough first opponent in Mark Hominick but he was able to pull off another impressive submission victory, this time in only 79 seconds. This earned him a bantamweight title shot at WEC 30 against Chase Beebe but would lose a decision to the champion. He would lose again when he took on Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto at K-1's annual year end show. This marked the first time that he had lost consecutive fights in his career. Rani took a ten month break from competition but returned at WEC 36. He missed weight for the bout, coming in to the bantamweight contest at 137 pounds. Despite this, he was able to win via submission in the first round and earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus as well. He would earn the same bonus in his next two bouts as well when he submitted Eddie Wineland and John Hosman each in the first round. His final two fights with the WEC were both hard fought losses to Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki.


Yahya was brought over to the UFC in early 2011 when the WEC ceased operations. He was supposed to make his UFC debut against Chan Sung Jung, but his opponent was injured and replaced by Mike Brown, who he beat in an upset via unanimous decision. He was next set to fight Dustin Poirer but again his opponent was injured and this time replaced by Chad Mendes. He would fall short, losing by decision. This marked his third loss in four fights, a career low. He was supposed to fight Jonathan Brookins, but when his opponent pulled out due to injury yet again, he was thrown in as a replacement for an injured Pablo Garza against Josh Grispi. Rani was able to submit Grispi midway through the first round. He was able to pick up a decision victory against promotional debuter, Mizuto Hirota and another over Josh Clopton. He fought another UFC debuter, Tom Niinimaki, at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale but came up short when he was controlled on the ground for much of the fight on the way to a decision loss. He fought Johnny Bedford in Abu Dhabi at Fight Night 39, but the bout ended in a NC due to an accidental head butt which knocked out Yahya. A rematch has been scheduled for UFC Fight Night 44.

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Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Johnny Bedford UFC UFN 44 2014.06.28
Reason: Yahya Injury
No Contest | KO/TKO
0:39 Round 1 of 3
Johnny Bedford
Ref: Neil Hall
UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2014.04.11
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Tom Niinimaki
Ref: Kim Winslow
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2013.11.30
Odds: -120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Josh Clopton
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2013.08.03
Odds: -1000 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mizuto Hirota
Ref: Marc Goddard
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg
2013.03.02
Odds: +135 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | Submission
3:15 Round 1 of 3
Josh Grispi
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2012.08.04
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs
#97 Greatest Submission of All Time
#38 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
Cancelled Bout Jonathan Brookins UFC on FUEL TV 1 2012.02.15
Reason: Yahya Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Chad Mendes
Ref: Keith Peterson
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2011.08.06
Odds: +435 Heavy Underdog | Weigh-In: 145.2 lbs
Cancelled Bout Dustin Poirier UFC 131 2011.06.11
Reason: Yahya Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mike Brown
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2011.01.22
Odds: +280 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Chan Sung Jung UFC UFN 23 2011.01.22
Reason: Jung Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Takeya Mizugaki
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2010.04.24
Odds: +128 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $9,000 Base | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3
Joseph Benavidez
Ref: Kim Winslow
WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2009.12.19
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $9,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:08 Round 1 of 3
John Hosman
Ref: Herb Dean
WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2009.08.09
Odds: -775 Huge Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $26,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus, $10K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
WEC 42 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:07 Round 1 of 3
Eddie Wineland
Ref: Robert Long
WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2009.04.05
Odds: -380 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
WEC 40 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:30 Round 1 of 3
Yoshiro Maeda
Ref: Troy Waugh
WEC 36: Faber vs Brown
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 137 lbs
2008.11.05
Odds: -103 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $19,500 ($6K Base, $6K Bonus, $7,500 Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 137.0 lbs
WEC 36 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes Norifumi Yamamoto
K-1 : Premium 2007 Dynamite!! 2007.12.31
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Chase Beebe
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton
Main Card | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135
2007.09.05
Odds: -143 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 134.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
1:19 Round 1 of 3
Mark Hominick
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
WEC 28: WrekCage
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2007.06.03
Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke Louie Moreno Palace Fighting Championship 2007.03.22
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:39 Round 1 of 2
Gesias Cavalcante
K-1 : HERO'S 7
Main Card
2006.10.09
Win | Submission | Choke
1:08 Round 1 of 2
Kazuya Yasuhiro
K-1 : HERO'S 6
Main Card
2006.08.05
Win | Submission | Choke Eben Kaneshiro UAGF 2006.05.20
Win | Decision | Majority
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total
Ryuki Ueyama
K-1 : HERO'S 5
Main Card
2006.05.03
Win | Submission | Choke Takumi Yano MARS 2006.02.04
Win | Submission | Choke Taiyo Nakahara Valkyrie 2005.12.11
Win | Submission | Choke Fabio Alves K-1 2004.10.30
Loss | Decision Fredson Paixao Jungle Fight 2004.05.15
Win | Submission Fabio Alves TNT 2004.04.17
Win | Submission Luciano Santos TNT 2004.04.17
Win | Submission Muzila Ferraz TNT 2004.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke Junior Peba KVT 2002.09.14

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