April 11, 2014 a date which was recently confirmed as the return of the UFC-Ultimate Fighting Championship to to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with UFC Fight Night 39 headlined by Heavyweight veterans Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira who will battle it out in the main event of the UFC’s second visit to UAE.
According to MMAfighting.com, another addition to this card is Rani Yahya who recently dropped back to the bantamweight division.
After a 4-2 run as a featherweight, the former WEC bantamweight title challenger, Yahya will return to the 135-pound division, to take on TUF 14 alum Johnny Bedford at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Yahya (19-8), an Abu Dhabi Combat Club champion in 2007, cuts down to 135 pounds following a disappointing loss to Tom Niinimäki at TUF 18 Finale in November. Prior to the loss, the grappling wizard was riding a three-fight win streak. Yahya went 4-4 as a bantamweight under the WEC banner, with wins over the likes of Mark Hominick and Eddie Wineland.
Bedford (19-10-1) returns to the cage after recovering from an injury that forced him out of a fight with Hugo Viana at UFN 28. The TUF 14 semifinalist is 2-1 inside the Octagon with knockout wins over Louis Gaudinot and Marcos Vinicius, and looks to get back on track after a submission loss to Bryan Caraway at UFC 159.
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