Rani Yahya awaits opponent for UFC debut

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Rani in photo by Josh Hedges

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

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