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Rani Ahmad Yahya (born September 12, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and BJJ practitioner. Yahya was born to a Syrian father and Brazilian mother. He won the 66 kg division of the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2007. He currently fights in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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.
|Born|| (1984-09-12) September 12, 1984 (age 34)|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brasília, Brazil|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Athaíde Junior |
Black belt in Muay Thai
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship|
|2005 California, USA||-66 kg|
|2007 New Jersey, USA||-66 kg|
Rani Ahmad Yahya (born September 12, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and BJJ practitioner. Yahya was born to a Syrian father and Brazilian mother. He won the 66 kg division of the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2007. He currently fights in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
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 next faced Josh Clopton on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Yahya faced Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight bout on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39. 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.
The rescheduled rematch with Bedford eventually took place on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51. Yahya won via submission in the second round.
Yahya was expected to face Masanori Kanehara on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70. However, as the event approached, several international fighters experienced travel restrictions due to technical issues within the Bureau of Consular Affairs division of the U.S. State Department which produces travel visas. The issue lead to a major altering of the card as multiple fights were postponed. Yahya/Kanehara eventually took place on July 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 71. Yahya won the fight by split 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:
CBJJ World Championships
2003 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place
2002 Purple Belt Pluma: 1st Place
1999 Pan-Ams + World
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||26 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||26–10 (1)||Ricky Simon||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 234||February 10, 2019||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||26–9 (1)||Luke Sanders||Submission (heel hook)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||1||1:31||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||25–9 (1)||Russell Doane||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||3||2:32||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||24–9 (1)||Henry Briones||Submission (kimura)||UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno||August 5, 2017||1||2:01||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Loss||23–9 (1)||Joe Soto||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum||March 11, 2017||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||23–8 (1)||Michinori Tanaka||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||22–8 (1)||Matthew Lopez||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||3||4:19||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||21–8 (1)||Masanori Kanehara||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee||July 15, 2015||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||20–8 (1)||Johnny Bedford||Submission (kimura)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||2||2:04||Brasília, Brazil|
|NC||19–8 (1)||Johnny Bedford||NC (accidental headbutt)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson||April 11, 2014||1||0:39||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Loss||19–8||Tom Niinimäki||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate 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 (137 lb) bout; 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 the 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||Featherweight bout.|
|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||Goiás, 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||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Muzila Muzila||Submission (armbar)||TNT: Vale Tudo 2||April 17, 2004||N/A||N/A||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Fabio Alves||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||TNT: Vale Tudo 2||April 17, 2004||N/A||N/A||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Junior Peba||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Kallifas Vale Tudo||September 14, 2002||1||1:30||Goiânia, Brazil|