Rani Yahya-Johnny Bedford Rematch Set for June 28 UFC Fight Night in San Antonio

By Sherdog.com Staff Apr 21, 2014
Johnny Bedford will have another shot at beating Rani Yahya this summer. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Ten days after their controversial meeting at UFC Fight Night 40, Rani Yahya and Johnny Bedford have a date for a rematch.

The bantamweights have verbally agreed to square off June 28 at UFC Fight Night “Swanson vs. Stephens,” the promotion Monday revealed. The event takes place at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, and is headlined by a featherweight tilt between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens.

Yahya and Bedford’s April 11 bout in Abu Dhabi was ruled a no contest after only 39 seconds after the 135-pounders clashed heads while striking. Bedford, who remained standing while Yahya hit the ground, felt he deserved a win, leading to a heated post-fight encounter.

The rematch will mark Bedford’s second Octagon appearance of 2014, a first for the fighter who has managed only one bout per year since joining the UFC in 2011 after a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter.” The 31-year old had a three-fight winning streak snapped by Bryan Caraway in April 2013.

Yahya, 29, also saw a three-fight streak halted when he dropped a split decision to Tom Niinimaki at November’s “TUF 18” finale. The Brazilian WEC veteran has earned 15 of his 19 career victories by way of submission.


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