Coming off two losses, Rani Yahya is getting ready to make his UFC debut at Fight Night 23 against South Korea’s Chan Sung Jung. However, the black belt and winner of major grappling competitions like the ADCC now awaits a different opponent.
According to MMAJunkie.com, the “Korean Zombie” was injured and pulled from the bout. At a time when losing may cost UFC fighters their jobs, winning is of the utmost importance to the Brazilian.
The event, set to take place January 22 in Texas, will also feature the promotional debut of Shooto champion Willamy Chiquerim and a matchup with stalwart lightweight Melvin Guillard.
Check out the card:
UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2
Killeen, Texas, USA
January 22, 2011
Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard
Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie
Mike Guymon vs. DaMarques Johnson
Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire vs. Waylon Lowe
Amilcar Alves vs. Charlie Brenneman
Chris Cariaso vs. Will Campuzano
Rani Yahya vs. to be defined