Johnny Bedford will be stepping inside the cage against Cody Gibson at this Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 44. However, just because he is fighting does not mean he is not over the no contest fight with Rani Yahya.
If you remember, Rani Yahya (19-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been forced out of his fight against Johnny Bedford (19-10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)that was scheduled to go down at UFC Fight Night 44. Now Cody Gibson (11-4 MMA, 0-1) will step in for Rani Yahya.
“I really want to fight Rani Yahya again for numerous reasons,” Bedford told MMAjunkie. “I want that fight really, really bad. I honestly told my management company that I don’t think there’s any way he’s going to sign to fight me again. And it’s not because I’m some badass or some guy that just intimidates everyone in the division. I’m not trying to be that guy at all. I just know that I’m a really, really bad matchup for Rani Yahya, and I think he realized it.”
Johnny Bedford has 7 knockouts, 8 submissions and 4 decision victories while he has been knocked out once, submitted nine times in his MMA career. In his four fights prior to joining the UFC he was 3-1. Since making his UFC debut he is 2-1-1. He made his UFC debut against which he won via TKO at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Dec / 03 / 2011 and then beat Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini via knockout at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec / 15 / 2012. He lost to Bryan Caraway via Guillotine Choke at UFC 159 – Jones vs. Sonnen on Apr / 27 / 2013 and then had a no contest against Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night – Minotauro vs. Nelson on Apr / 11 / 2014.
“I think he realized in the short 39 seconds that it was going to be impossible for him to take me down and eventually I was going to punch him in the mouth and he wouldn’t like that outcome,” Bedford said. “He took one shot, I sprawled on him, and he went to his belly. It was pretty laughable. When he signed the contract (for the rematch), I told my management I would be surprised he keeps the fight, and sure enough he pulled out.”
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