Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Round 1: Hirota moving forward with his orange hair. Yahya circles on the outside. He steps in and lands a right hand. Yahya works for a single leg takedown and gets it. They scramble. Yahya nearly takes Hirota’s back. Hirota shakes him off and has top position. Yahya isolates an arm, but Hirota stays calm and gets free. Hirota tires to stand but Yahya grabs his leg and sweeps him. Yahya works in Hirota’s half guard. Yahya lands short elbows from the top position. Hirota scrambles to his feet only to be taken down again. Yahya softens up Hirota with shots to the body. Yahya works for a kimura. Yahya passes to side control. He transitions to the back. He sinks in both hooks at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yahya.
Round 2: Hirota moves forward and initiates the clinch. He presses Yahya against the cage. He steps back and lands a right hand. Yahya drops down and secures a double leg takedown. Yahya pulls him away from the fence. Yahya locks on an arm triangle choke. He applies leverage. Yahya adjusts and tightens. Yahya gives up on the choke. He works in Hirota’s full guard. Yahya lands two right hands. Yahya is dominating this fight thus far. Yahya lands a series of right hands. Yahya works in Hirota’s half guard. He delivers a hard elbow. Yahya lands short punches to the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Yahya.
Round 3: Hirota moving forward while Yahya circles on the outside. Yahya goes for a takedown but Hirota stuffs it and stands. Yahya looks for a takedown but Hirota shakes it off. Yahya drops for another takedown attempt. Hirota sprawls and stands. Yahya dives for legs. Hirota lands a right hand. Yahya jumps down for a single leg takdown and gets it. Hirota has top position. Yahya reverses him but Hirota works for a triangle. He switches to a straight arm bar. Yahya gets free and tries to take Hirota’s back. He drags Hirota to the canvas. Two minutes remain in the round. Hirota works to gain top position. Yahya applies a guillotine giving up top position. Hirota gets out of the choke and lands punches. Hirota stands. He jumps in with a flying knee as Yahya gets up. Hirota lands right hands. Yahya is exhausted. Hirota lets him up. Hirota chases Yahya. He lands a right hand. They tie up at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hirota.
The judges score the fight for Yahya by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.