Rani Yahya Says Now is the Best Time in His Career
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.10.2014
He's feeling at his best...
Rani Yahya recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Johnny Bedford at UFC Fight Night 39 and more. Check out the highlights:
On dropping to 135: "Since I've dropped down, I'm much more focused on my training. Before, I was very relaxed when training. I could miss a few sessions and didn't have to follow a strict diet. Now, I'm completely focused in my training and nutrition. My training is balanced. I'm training all facets equally. For sure, fans will see a great evolution in this fight."
On being at his peak: "It's the best time in my career. I felt great to be invited to be on this card. I had been wanting to fight at Abu Dhabi for some time. I could have been scheduled for the Natal card (at UFC Fight Night 38), but that event filled up. So the next choice was Abu Dhabi. This is an excellent opportunity."
On Bedford: "He doesn't wait. That's great for me. I like aggressive opponents so I can catch them. I'm not saying he's without strategy. Everyone analyzes and strategizes at this level. No doubt, he's very resourceful, but this is an excellent fight for me. I don't necessarily have a preference regarding the types of opponents I have. I try to adapt to each different situation and develop a strategy based on each opponent."
On his strategy: "As a teacher of mine used to say, we don't have to look for submissions. When the other guy makes a mistake, we just have to be ready to catch him, whether it's an arm, foot or neck."