Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton
Round 1: Clopton takes the center of the cage. Yahya moves in with a combination. Yahya fires off a high kick and works for a takedown. Clopton defends the attempt but Yahya pulls guard. Yahya isolates a leg. Yahya gains top position. He works in Clopton’s half guard. Yahya lands short left hands. He lands elbows. Yahya advances to the mount position. Clopton goes to a butterfly guard and gets to half guard. Yahya mounts him again. Yahya postures up and lands left hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yahya.
Round 2: Yahya comes out in a southpaw stance. He steps in with a combination. Clopton lands a counter right hand. Yahya works to get the fight to the ground, and he does. Yahya traps Clopton’s left arm and lands right hands. Clopton gets his arm free. Yahya woks in Clopton’s half guard. Yahya advances to the mount position. Yahya lands short punches. Clopton works his way back to half guard. Yahya moves to the mount. He peppers Clopton with short punches from both sides. Clopton bucks and gets back to half guard, but Yahya mounts him again. The round ends and so far it has been all Yahya. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yahya.
Round 3: Clopton opens the round with a left hook. Yahya looks for a takedown but Clopton defends the attempt. Yahya works for another takedown. Clopton hits a switch and gains top position. Yahya controlling Clopton’s posture. Clopton backs away and stands up. He jumps in with a knee that lands. They’re clinched along the cage. Clopton lands short right hands. Clopton stands and lets Yahya up. Yahya switches back to a southpaw stance. He lands a right hand. Yahya works to get the fight to the ground and does. Yahya moves to side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Clopton.
The judges score the fight for Yahya by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.