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‘I’d like to rough him up’ - Rani Yahya calls out Sean O’Malley after UFC Vegas 43 win

Veteran Rani Yahya would like to test the skills of hot prospect Sean O’Malley.

Rani Yahya defeated Kyung Ho Kang at UFC Vegas 43.
Rani Yahya defeated Kyung Ho Kang at UFC Vegas 43.
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Bantamweight veteran Rani Yahya has just defeated a game Kyung Ho Kang at UFC Vegas 43, but the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt already has his sights set on the next challenge. In fact, the 37-year-old even has some names in mind, including one that many other men would like to take on: hot prospect Sean O’Malley.

In an interview with Combate, Yahya did name other potential opponents for his next outings, such as Adrian Yanez or Marlon Vera. However, Rani has a preference for O’Malley, who he wants to give a hard time in the Octagon, should the UFC allow the pairing to become true.

“A guy who got my attention just before I fought is Adrian Yanez. That’s a name I thought of just now. Last week (actually two weeks ago) we saw Marlon Vera (beat Frankie Edgar). We had a fight booked once, but I had some family issues and couldn’t go on with the fight. I’d really like to face him. It’s either them or the usual guy: Sean O’Malley.”

“I know that everybody wants to fight him, but maybe the UFC likes this pairing.” Yahya continued. “Because I’m a veteran and they might think that Sean can surprise me. I want that fight because I’d like to rough him up.”

With the win over Kang, Yahya (28-10-1-1 NC) began a new win streak, following a submission victory against Ray Rodriguez, back in March. Before that, the 37-year-old had fought Enrique Barzola to a majority draw and dropped a unanimous decision to Ricky Simon, respectively in March 2020 and February 2019.