Rani Yahya

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Rani Yahya
Born (1984-09-12) September 12, 1984 (age 29)
Brasília, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 68 in (170 cm)
Fighting out of Brasília, Brazil
Team Constrictor Team
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2002-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 19
By submission 15
By decision 4
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Rani Yahya
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Silver 2005 California, USA -66 kg
Gold 2007 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).


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:

  • 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)

CBJJ World Championships

2003 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place

2002 Purple Belt Pluma: 1st Place

1999 Pan-Ams + World

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • K-1 HERO'S
    • 2006 K-1 HERO'S Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
  • TNT
    • TNT: Vale Tudo 2 Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 19–8 (1) Johnny Bedford No Contest (accidental headbutt) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 1 0:39 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Bantamweight bout; No Contest due to accidental clash of heads.
Loss 19–8 Tom Niinimäki Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale November 30, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–7 Josh Clopton Decision (unanimous) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 18–7 Mizuto Hirota Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 17–7 Josh Grispi Submission (north-south choke) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 1 3:15 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 16–7 Chad Mendes Decision (unanimous) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16–6 Mike Brown Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Hood, Texas, United States Return to Featherweight.
Loss 15–6 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 15–5 Joseph Benavidez TKO (punches) WEC 45 December 19, 2009 1 1:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–4 John Hosman Submission (north-south choke) WEC 42 August 9, 2009 1 2:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 14–4 Eddie Wineland Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 1 1:07 Chicago, Illinois, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 13–4 Yoshiro Maeda Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 36 November 5, 2008 1 3:30 Hollywood, Florida, United States Catchweight 137lbs bout, Yahya missed weight; Submission of the Night.
Loss 12–4 Norifumi Yamamoto TKO (punches and soccer kicks) K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! December 31, 2007 2 3:11 Osaka, Japan
Loss 12–3 Chase Beebe Decision (unanimous) WEC 30 September 5, 2007 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For WEC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Mark Hominick Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 28 June 3, 2007 1 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Louie Moreno Submission (guillotine choke) PFC 2: Fast and Furious March 22, 2007 1 0:23 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 10–2 Gesias Cavalcante Submission (guillotine choke) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 0:39 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-final.
Win 10–1 Kazuya Yasuhiro Submission (D'Arce choke) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 1 1:08 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix quarter-final.
Win 9–1 Eben Kaneshiro Submission (Ezekiel choke) UAGF: Kaos on Kampus May 20, 2006 3 N/A Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 8–1 Ryuki Ueyama Decision (majority) Hero's 5 May 3, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.
Win 7–1 Takumi Yano Technical Submission (triangle choke) MARS February 4, 2006 3 2:14 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Taiyo Nakahara Submission (north-south choke) GCM: D.O.G. 4 December 11, 2005 1 1:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 Fabio Alves Submission (arm-triangle choke) K-1 Brazil: Next Generation October 30, 2004 1 N/A Goias, Brazil
Loss 4–1 Fredson Paixao Decision Jungle Fight 2 May 15, 2004 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Win 4–0 Luciano Santos Submission (keylock) TNT: Vale Tudo 2 April 17, 2004 N/A N/A Goiania, Brazil
Win 3–0 Muzila Muzila Submission (armbar) TNT: Vale Tudo 2 April 17, 2004 N/A N/A Goiania, Brazil
Win 2–0 Fabio Alves Submission (Peruvian necktie) TNT: Vale Tudo 2 April 17, 2004 N/A N/A Goiania, Brazil
Win 1–0 Junior Peba Submission (arm-triangle choke) Kallifas Vale Tudo September 14, 2002 1 1:30 Goiania, Brazil


  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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