27-year old submission specialist Rani Yahya has decided he’s ready to drop down to a new division in hopes of dealing with a size/strength advantage instead of being suffocated by larger individuals as a featherweight. Yahya has gone 1-1 in the UFC since transitioning over from WEC including a win over Mike Brown and, most recently, a decision loss to Chad Mendes.
Yahya’s change in weight-class was first reported by TATAME where the Brazilian’s manager also confirmed they are in the process of discussing opponents with the UFC.
Yahya holds an overall record of 16-7 with thirteen submissions. Among his career highlights are finishes of Yoshiro Maeda, Eddie Wineland, and Mark Hominick. He has not fought since this past August meaning it’s likely he’ll see action again sooner than later though no targeted date was revealed.
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