Rani Yahya vs Johnny Bedford Scheduled for UFC Fight 39 in Abu Dhabi

Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya

  • 19-8 MMA / 4-3 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Eddie Wineland, Mike Brown, Mizuto Hirota

Johnny Bedford

Johnny Bedford

  • 19-10-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Daniel Pineda, Marcos Vinicius, Louis Gaudinot

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UFC Fight Night 39

April 11th, 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Venue TBD

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Rani Yahya returns to the bantamweight division after falling short in a hard-fought split decision defeat to Tom Niinimaki at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. He had previously been on a three-fight win streak, which included a submission victory over Josh Grispi and decision wins over Mizuto Hirota and Josh Clopton.

Johnny Bedford suffered his first lost in the UFC at UFC 159 after being submitted by Bryan Caraway in the third round. He began his tenure in the UFC with back-to-back knockout victories over Louis Gaudinot and Marcos Vinicius. Injuries have kept Bedford out of action for the past year.

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Johnny Bedford Out; Hugo Viana vs Wilson Reis Set for UFC Fight Night 28

Hugo Viana

Hugo Viana

  • 7-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 7 of Last 8 Fights
  • Notable Wins: John Teixeira, Reuben Duran

Wilson Reis

 

Wilson Reis

  • 16-4 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable WIns: Zack Makovsky, Bryan Caraway, Deividas Taurosevicius

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UFC Fight Night 28

September 4th, 2013

Brasilia, Brazil

Ginasio Nilson Nelson

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Hugo Viana’s undefeated streak ended at UFC on FOX 7, following a first round knockout loss to top bantamweight prospect TJ Dillashaw. He began his mixed martial arts career a perfect 7-0, which included UFC victories over John Teixeira da Conceicao and Reuben Duran.

Former Bellator competitor, Wilson Reis gets his shot on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts, on the heels of a current four-fight win streak in the regional circuit. Most recently, Reis submitted Owen Roddy in third round at Cage Warriors 50.

Johnny Bedford vs Hugo Viana, Rafael Natal vs Tor Troeng Booked for UFC on FOX Sports 1 3

Johnny Bedford

 

Johnny Bedford

  • 19-10-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Daniel Pineda, Marcos Vinicius, Louis Gaudinot

Hugo Viana

 

Hugo Viana

  • 7-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 7 of Last 8 Fights
  • Notable Wins: John Teixeira, Reuben Duran

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Rafael Natal

 

Rafael Natal

  • 16-4-1 MMA / 4-2-1 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Sean Spencer, Paul Bradley, Michael Kuiper

Tor Troeng

Tor Troeng

  • 16-4-1 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Robert Jocz, Mats Nilsson, Adam Cella

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UFC on FOX Sports 1 3

September 4th, 2013

Brasilia, Brazil

Ginasio Nilson Nelson

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Johnny Bedford suffered his first lost in the UFC at UFC 159 after being submitted by Bryan Caraway in the third round. He began his tenure in the UFC with back-to-back knockout victories over Louis Gaudinot and Marcos Vinicius.

Hugo Viana’s undefeated streak ended at UFC on FOX 7, following a first round knockout loss to top bantamweight prospect TJ Dillashaw. He began his mixed martial arts career a perfect 7-0, which included UFC victories over John Teixeira da Conceicao and Reuben Duran.

Rafael Natal won his fourth fight in his five attempts at UFC on FX 8, defeating UFC newcomer Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision. Other victories include decision victories over Michael Kuiper and Paul Bradley, and a submission win over Sean Spencer at UFC on FOX 6.

Ultimate Fighter 17 alum, Tor Troeng earned his first victory in the UFC with a first round submission win over Adam Cella at UFC on Fuel TV 9. He’s now won five straight fights in his career, including decision victories over Robert Jocz and Mats Nilsson.

 

UFC 159 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:33
  • Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via Technical Decision
  • Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 2:03
  • Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision
  • Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via Rear Naked Choke – Round 3, 4:02

Preliminary Card:

  • Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Thumb Injury) – Round 1, 2:32
  • Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via Majority Technical Decision
  • Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:06
  • Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 4:44
  • Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
  • Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision

Erik Perez Out; Johnny Bedford vs Bryan Caraway Scheduled for UFC 159

Johnny Bedford

Johnny Bedford

  • 19-9-1 MMA / 2-0 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Daniel Pineda, Marcos Vinicius, Louis Gaudinot

Bryan Caraway

 

Bryan Caraway

  • 17-6 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Dustin Neace, Mitch Gagnon

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UFC 159

April 27th, 2013

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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Johnny Bedford earned his second knockout victory in as many fights in the UFC, with a second round stoppage of Marcos ‘Vina’ Vinicius at the TUF 16 Finale. In his debut, Bedford dominated Louis Gaudinot for nearly 12-minutes, until earning the mercy TKO victory in the final frame.

Last time out, Bryan Caraway was on the losing end of a razor thin split decision to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Fuel TV 8. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak, which included two submission victories over Dustin Neace and Mitch Gagnon in his first two fights in the UFC.

Johnny Bedford vs Erik Perez Targeted for UFC 159

Johnny Bedford

 

Johnny Bedford

  • 19-9-1 MMA / 2-0 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Daniel Pineda, Marcos Vinicius, Louis Gaudinot

Erik Perez

 

Erik Perez

  • 13-4 MMA / 3-0 UFC Record
  • 8 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Byron Bloodworth, John Albert, Ken Stone

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UFC 159

April 27th, 2013

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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Johnny Bedford earned his second knockout victory in as many fights in the UFC, with a second round stoppage of Marcos ‘Vina’ Vinicius at the TUF 16 Finale. In his debut, Bedford dominated Louis Gaudinot for nearly 12-minutes, until earning the mercy TKO victory in the final frame.

Erik Perez has made a name for himself quickly in the UFC, earning three straight first round stoppage victories to begin his career in the promotion. He debuted in June of last year, submitting John Albert in the opening round with an armbar. Perez has since earned back-to-back knockout victories over Ken Stone and Byron Bloodworth.

The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale Quick Results

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Main Card

  • Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci via unanimous decision
  • Pat Barry def. Shane del Rosario via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:26
  • Dustin Poirier def. Jonathan Brookins via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:15

Preliminary Card

  • Mike Pyle def. James Head via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 1, 1:55
  • Johnny Bedford def. Marcos Vinicius via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:00
  • Rustam Khabilov def. Vinc Pichel via KO (slam, punches) – Round 1, 2:15
  • T.J. Waldburger def. Nick Catone via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:04
  • Hugo Viana def. Reuben Duran via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05
  • Mike Rio def. John Cofer via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:11
  • Tim Elliott def. Jared Papazian via unanimous decision