Rani Yahya


Garbrandt up next
May 4, 2022
Yahya is set to fight Cody Garbrandt in a bantamweight UFC event on July 9, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Yahya is two inches shorter than Garbrandt, though he sports a two inch reach advantage. Yahya averages 2.90 takedowns per 15 minutes, though only lands 33 percent of his attempts. This is a tough matchup for Yahya, as Garbrandt is an 83 percent takedown defense fighter and has won four of his six victories via KO/TKO. Yahya has seven submission victories and never been knocked out in his UFC career.
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Finishes strong in decision win
November 20, 2021
Yahya defeated Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Now 38 fights deep into his pro career, Yahya still doesn't have a knockout on his resume. That's highly concerning to say the least, but he is an elite grappler, and those mat skills earned him a victory once again in this one. After struggling on the feet against Kang in Round 1, Yahya went to his wrestling game in Rounds 2 and 3, picking up 9:12 worth of control time over the final ten minutes. Yahya knows the blueprint he must follow in order to be successful, and he got in done in the latter stages of this fight. The Brazilian is 5-1-1 in his past seven fights dating back to August 2017, but Yahya's ceiling is quite limited due to the fact he turned 37 years of age this past September.
Facing Ho Kang in November
October 6, 2021
Yahya will take on Kyung Ho Kang in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Nov. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
This is the second time this bout has been scheduled. It was supposed to take place back in early August but Yahya tested positive for COVID-19. Yahya is coming off a submission victory against Ray Rodriguez back in March.
Tests positive for COVID-19
July 31, 2021
Yahya (COVID-19) announced he tested positive for COVID-19 so he won't fight in the UFC Vegas 33 co-main event, according to Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com.
Yahya was scheduled to fight Saturday night against Kyung Ho Kang, but the event has now been called off so UFC Vegas 33 has now lost one of its two main fights. Yahya will have to quarantine and recover from the illness before determining what his next step will be.
Taking on Kyung Ho Kang
May 24, 2021
Yahya will fight Kyung Ho Kang in a bantamweight match at the UFC's event on July 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The 36-year-old mat specialist defeated Ray Rodriguez back in March, and his next return to the Octagon will come late July. Meanwhile his opponent, Kang, has won six of his last seven fights, most recently defeating Liu Pingyuan in December of 2019.
New UFC/WEC record for finishes
March 13, 2021
Yahya defeated Ray Rodriguez via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:09 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Yahya's nine finishes are now the most in UFC/WEC bantamweight history. That's a shocking statistic considering Yahya hadn't won a fight since August 2018 prior to Saturday. Yahya is one of the most decorated mat specialists in MMA history and Rodriguez never had a chance. Yahya is now 36 years of age. He has 21 career submission wins and not a single knockout victory over the course of his near 40-fight MMA career. The Brazilian's future isn't all that bright given his advanced age and lack of power, but Yahya can tap out any man on the roster in an instant if given the opportunity.