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Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya

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  • Given Name: Rani Ahmad Yahya
  • MMA Record: 20-8-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname:
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.12.09
  • Last Fight: September 13, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • 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.

Last updated 05.20.2014, 5:21 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Shoulder
2:04 Round 2 of 3, 7:04 Total

Johnny Bedford
19-8-0 19-11-1

UFC Fight Night 51: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.09.13
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs | Referee: Jerin Valel
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
19-8-0 19-10-1

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs | Referee: Neil Hall
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tom Niinimaki
19-7-0 20-5-1

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 | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Clopton
18-7-0 6-1-1

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.08.03
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mizuto Hirota
17-7-0 14-5-1

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 | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Submission
3:15 Round 1 of 3

Josh Grispi
16-7-0 14-3-0

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#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
16-6-0 10-0-0

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: +435 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.2 lbs | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Dustin Poirier UFC 131 2011.06.11
Reason: Yahya Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mike Brown
15-6-0 24-7-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Chan Sung Jung UFC UFN 23 2011.01.22
Reason: Jung Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Takeya Mizugaki
15-5-0 12-4-2

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Joseph Benavidez
15-4-0 10-1-0

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 | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Submission | Choke
2:08 Round 1 of 3

John Hosman
14-4-0 17-4-1

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
WEC 42 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:07 Round 1 of 3

Eddie Wineland
13-4-0 14-5-1

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 | Referee: Robert Long
WEC 40 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:30 Round 1 of 3

Yoshiro Maeda
12-4-0 23-5-4

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 | Referee: Troy Waugh
WEC 36 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes

Norifumi Yamamoto
12-3-0 16-1-0

K-1

2007.12.31
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Chase Beebe
12-2-0 11-1-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
1:19 Round 1 of 3

Mark Hominick
11-2-0 13-6-0

WEC 28: WrekCage
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2007.06.03
Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke

Louie Moreno

Palace Fighting Championship

2007.03.22
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:39 Round 1 of 2

Gesias Cavalcante
10-1-0 9-1-1

K-1 : HERO'S 7
Main Card

2006.10.09
Win | Submission | Choke
1:08 Round 1 of 2

Kazuya Yasuhiro
9-1-0 0-1-0

K-1 : HERO'S 6
Main Card

2006.08.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Eben Kaneshiro

California Regional

2006.05.20
Win | Decision | Majority
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Ryuki Ueyama
7-1-0 9-9-4

K-1 : HERO'S 5
Main Card

2006.05.03
Win | Submission | Choke
2:14 Round 3 of 3, 12:14 Total

Takumi Yano
6-1-0 9-4-3

MARS
Main Card | 68 kg | 68 kg

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 Paixão

Jungle Fight

2004.05.15
Win | Submission

Fabio Alves

Goias Regional

2004.04.17
Win | Submission

Luciano Santos

Goias Regional

2004.04.17
Win | Submission

Muzila Ferraz

Goias Regional

2004.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Junior Peba

Goias Regional

2002.09.14

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