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Rani Yahya

Born September 12, 1984 (1984-09-12) (age 25)
Brasilia, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of San Diego, U.S.
Team The Arena
Rank 10425
MMA record
Total 20
Wins 15
By knockout 0
By submission 14
By decision 1
Losses 5
Draws 0

Rani Ahmad Yahya (born September 12, 1984 in Brasilia, Brazil) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter and mixed martial artist (MMA). Yahya won the 66 kg division of the prestigious Abu Dhabi submission grappling tournament in April 2007. He currently fights in both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions of the American-based MMA organization World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). Yahya has a professional mixed martial arts record of 15 wins and four losses.

Yahya's made his WEC debut against former TKO featherweight champion Mark Hominick at WEC 28: WrekCage in Las Vegas on May 3, 2007. Yahya defeated Hominick in the first round with a rear naked choke submission hold.

He fought Chase Beebe for the WEC bantamweight championship at WEC 30 on September 5, 2007. Yahya lost the fight via unanimous decision. Yahya lost via TKO to Norifumi Yamamoto at K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! on December 31, 2007. Yahya defeated former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland on the undercard of WEC 40 on April 5, 2009.

He is currently teaching No Gi Jiu Jitsu and training at The Arena, a MMA gym in San Diego, along with Diego Sanchez, Fabricio Morango Camoes, Xande Ribeiro and many other pros. He was scheduled to fight Kenji Osawa on August 9, 2009 on the undercard at WEC 42, but due to a foot injury suffered by Osawa, Osawa was replaced by John Hosman.[1] Yahya submitted Hosman via North-South Choke in the first round and earned his third consecutive Submission of the Night bonus in the WEC.

Yahya was defeated by Joseph Benavidez via first round TKO at WEC 45.

Yahya is expected to face Takeya Mizugaki on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[2]


Grappling credentials

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), Rubins Charles (sub)

CBJJ World Championships

2003 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place

2002 Purple Belt Pluma: 1st Place

1999 Pan-Ams + World

MMA record

Record Date Result Opponent Event Method Time Location Notes
24 April 2010 Japan Takeya Mizugaki WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber United States Sacramento, California, USA
15-5 19 December 2009 Loss United States Joseph Benavidez WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff KO (strikes) Round 1, 1:35 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
15-4 9 August 2009 Win United States John Hosman WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles Submission (North-South Choke) Round 1, 2:08 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Submission of the Night Award
14-4 5 April 2009 Win United States Eddie Wineland WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1, 1:07 United States Chicago, Illinois, USA Won Submission of the Night Award
13-4 5 November 2008 Win Japan Yoshiro Maeda WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 3:30 United States Hollywood, Florida, USA Won Submission of the Night Award
12-4 31 December 2007 Loss Japan Norifumi Yamamoto K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! TKO (Punches and Soccer Kicks) Round 2, 3:11 Japan Osaka, Japan
12-3 5 September 2007 Loss United States Chase Beebe WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton Decision (Unanimous) Round 5, 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA WEC Bantamweight Championship
12-2 3 June 2007 Win Canada Mark Hominick WEC 28: Faber vs. Farrar Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1, 1:19 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
11-2 22 March 2007 Win United States Louie Moreno PFC 2: Fast and Furious Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 0:23 United States Lemoore, California, USA
10-2 9 October 2006 Loss Brazil JZ Calvan K-1 Hero's 7 Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 0:39 Japan Yokohama, Japan
10-1 5 August 2006 Win Japan Kazuya Yasuhiro K-1 Hero's 6 Submission (Brabo Choke) Round 1, 1:08 Japan Tokyo, Japan
9-1 20 May 2006 Win Japan Eben Kaneshiro UAGF: Kaos on Kampus Submission (Ezekiel Choke) Round 3 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
8-1 3 May 2006 Win Japan Ryuki Ueyama K-1 HERO'S 5 Decision (majority) Round 2, 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
7-1 4 February 2006 Win Japan Takumi Yano MARS Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 3, 2:14 Japan Tokyo, Japan
6-1 11 December 2005 Win Japan Taiyo Nakahara GCM: D.O.G. 4 Submission (North-South Choke) Round 1, 1:59 Japan Tokyo, Japan
5-1 30 October 2004 Win Brazil Fabio Alves K-1 Brazil: Next Generation Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Round 1 Brazil Goias, Brazil
4-1 15 May 2004 Loss Brazil Fredson Paixao Jungle Fight 2 Decision Round 3, 5:00 Brazil Manaus, Brazil
4-0 17 April 2004 Win Brazil Luciano Santos TNT: Vale Tudo 2 Submission americana na Brazil Goiania, Brazil
3-0 17 April 2004 Win Brazil Muzila Muzila TNT: Vale Tudo 2 Submission arm bar na Brazil Goiania, Brazil
2-0 17 April 2004 Win Brazil Fabio Alves TNT: Vale Tudo 2 Submission Puruvian Necktie choke na Brazil Goiania, Brazil
1-0 14 September 2002 Win Brazil Junior Peba KVT - Kallifas Vale Tudo Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Round 1, 1:30 Brazil Goiania, Brazil


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