September 12, 1984 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||68 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brasília, Brazil|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu2nd degree black belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|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 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 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 north–south choke in the first round and earned his third consecutive Submission of the Night bonus.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
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)
- 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||19 wins||8 losses|
|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||3 August 2013||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||18–7||Mizuto Hirota||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||3 March 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||17–7||Josh Grispi||Submission (north/south choke)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||4 August 2012||1||3:15||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Chad Mendes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 133||6 August 2011||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||16–6||Mike Brown||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight For The Troops 2||22 January 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||15–6||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 48||24 April 2010||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Joseph Benavidez||TKO (punches)||WEC 45||19 December 2009||1||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4||John Hosman||Submission (north south choke)||WEC 42||9 August 2009||1||2:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||14–4||Eddie Wineland||Submission (rear naked choke)||WEC 40||5 April 2009||1||1:07||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||13–4||Yoshiro Maeda||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 36||5 November 2008||1||3:30||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Fought at catchweight of 137lbs, after Yahya missed weight; Submission of the Night|
|Loss||12–4||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (punches and soccer kicks)||K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!!||31 December 2007||2||3:11||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||12–3||Chase Beebe||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 30||5 September 2007||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||12–2||Mark Hominick||Submission (rear naked choke)||WEC 28||3 June 2007||1||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Louie Moreno||Submission (guillotine choke)||PFC 2: Fast and Furious||22 March 2007||1||0:23||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Gesias Cavalcante||Submission (guillotine choke)||Hero's 7||9 October 2006||1||0:39||Yokohama, Japan||Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-final.|
|Win||10–1||Kazuya Yasuhiro||Submission (brabo choke)||Hero's 6||5 August 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||20 May 2006||3||N/A||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||8–1||Ryuki Ueyama||Decision (majority)||Hero's 5||3 May 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.|
|Win||7–1||Takumi Yano||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||MARS||4 February 2006||3||2:14||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Taiyo Nakahara||Submission (north south choke)||GCM: D.O.G. 4||11 December 2005||1||1:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Fabio Alves||Submission (arm triangle choke)||K-1 Brazil: Next Generation||30 October 2004||1||N/A||Goias, Brazil|
|Loss||4–1||Fredson Paixao||Decision||Jungle Fight 2||15 May 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Luciano Santos||Submission (americana)||TNT: Vale Tudo 2||17 April 2004||N/A||N/A||Goiania, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Muzila Muzila||Submission (armbar)||TNT: Vale Tudo 2||17 April 2004||N/A||N/A||Goiania, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Fabio Alves||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||TNT: Vale Tudo 2||17 April 2004||N/A||N/A||Goiania, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Junior Peba||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Kallifas Vale Tudo||14 September 2002||1||1:30||Goiania, Brazil|
- Kenji Osawa out, WEC newcomer John Hosman in against Rani Yahya at WEC 42
- "Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya set for WEC 45 in December". www.mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Rani Yahya meet at WEC 48 in April". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Rani Yahya vs. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight for the Troops 2". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- ""Korean Zombie" forced out of UFC Fight Night 23; Yahya awaiting replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Replacement Mike Brown steps in to meet Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya Targeted For UFC 131". Heavy.com. February 19, 2011.
- "Chad Mendes meets Rani Yahya at UFC 133 in Philadelphia". mmajunkie.com. May 24, 2011.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Yahya vs. Brookins". mmajunkie.com. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- "UFC on FOX 4 gets Josh Grispi vs Rani Yahya". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- "Strikeforce's Hirota vs. Yahya added to UFC on FUEL TV 8". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2013.
- "Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton slated for UFC 163 in Rio". mmajunkie.com. June 4, 2013.
- Riley Kontek (October 8, 2013). "Newcomer Tom Niinimaki to Face Rani Yahya at TUF 18 Finale". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.