33-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 25-9-0, 1NC
May 31, 2018 Rani Yahya News
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Yahya will fight Luke Sanders at UFC Lincoln on Aug. 25, Guilherme Cruz of MMAfighting.com reports.
Yahya recently continued his strong stretch of fights, finishing Russell Doane off by an Arm-Triangle Choke back in February. That marked his sixth win over his last seven bouts, bringing his career record up to 25-9. The 33-year-old will now matchup with Luke Sanders, who owns a 12-2 record and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Patrick Williams. Considering Yahya owns 19 submissions compared to zero KO/TKOs, look for plenty of takedown attempts and action on the mat.
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Fantasy AnalysisEasy work. Yahya has had issues with his conditioning in the past, but he isn't going to gas out in a fight in which he spends virtually the entirety of the bout controlling his opponent. The Brazilian ended up landing 105 total strikes compared to just 15 from Doane, virtually all of which came while he was in a dominant position. Yahya (33 years old) isn't getting any younger, but he is currently in the midst of the best run (6-1) of his professional career. 19 of Yahya's 25 career wins have come via submission.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya has been with the UFC since 2011, and has lost only one fight in the last three years. Though he had to withdraw from his last matchup against Aljamain Sterling, it appears his health is in order at this time. The Brazilian is a grappling artist by trade, with 18 career submissions and zero victories via KO/TKO. He'll be facing an American fighter in Doane that is likely on his last legs with the promotion, having gone 1-4 in his last five bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya was originally scheduled to take on Sterling in Fresno, but has since sustained an undisclosed injury. He has been replaced by Marlon Moraes, a former WSOF bantamweight champion who last fought on Nov. 11 -- four weeks prior to this fight. A timeline for Yahya's return is not yet known.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya is known as one of the more talented grapplers in the UFC's bantamweight division. He's coming off a first-round submission win over Henry Briones, signaling the eighteenth submission victory of in his professional career. The Brazilian is 24-9, 1NC overall.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was a quick fight. In a clash of styles, Brazilian jiu-jitsu defeated striking. Yahya got a takedown inside of the first minute, and from there Briones was in a lot of trouble. The three-time world jiu-jitsu champion almost locked in a north-south choke, but Briones defended and moved Yahya to side control. Yahya used that to lock in a kimura and get the tap. Yahya will be a problem for any fighter in the UFC bantamweight division if the fight goes to the ground.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya was outclassed in every aspect of the fight, although his conditioning, or lack thereof, was perhaps the biggest concern of all. He had a solid opening round before totally fading over the final ten minutes. He was so winded that he ended up landing just 29% of his total strikes (65/221) and 1/11 takedowns. Those kind of numbers simply are going to get the job done. Yahya had to be essentially carried to his stool by his corner at the end of the fight. It was a highly-concering performance from the 32-year-old Brazilian. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Yahya.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite the clean sweep in the judge's scorecards, Yahya should consider himself fortunate. It's not often that a fighter 1) connects on 19 total strikes over the course of a 15-minute fight or 2) lands 102 LESS total strikes than his opponent and still earns a unanimous decision win. The seven takedowns that Yahya scored is an impressive number, but he too often gave his dominant position to Tanaka after getting him to the mat. Yahya has now won four fights in a row, but he has zero chance of winning striking battles against better fighters, and that will ultimately spell his doom in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya has been with the UFC since 2011, and is coming off back-to-back victories over Johnny Bedford and Masanori Kanehara. He'll face a newcomer to the UFC in Lopez, who owns an undefeated 8-0 record in his professional career.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya may have won, but he didn't earn any fans in the process. After a very fast paced first round, Yahya was absolutely gassed for the rest of the bout. He was so tired that he was laying on the mat right before ring announcer Joe Martinez announced the decision. Yayha earned his victory on the strength of four takedowns, but an argument can certainly be made that the judges got this one wrong. It was not an entertaining fight.
Fantasy AnalysisYahya is known for his excellent Jiu-Jitsu prowess, as 16 of his 20 professional victories have been earned via submission. Something will have to give here, as his opponent hasn't been submitted in any promotion since 2005.