Johnny Bedford Still Wants Another Crack at Rani Yahya
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.26.2014
After how their first fight went…
Ahead of his UFC Fight Night 44 bout with Cody Gibson, Johnny Bedford talked about still wanting a rematch with Rani Yahya. Their UFC Fight Night 39 bout ended after an apparent knockout. However, a post-fight replay showed that the sequence was caused by an unintentional head butt from Bedford. Below are some highlights:
Bedford on wanting to fight Rani Yahya again: "I really want to fight Rani Yahya again for numerous reasons. 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."
Bedford's thoughts on Yahya: "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. 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."
Bedford on comparing his fight to Scott Jorgensen vs. Jussier Formiga: "You can't tell me the outcome of the Jorgensen-Formiga fight doesn't change without the head-butt. It's frustrating to see that fight declared a winner due to a head-butt and me not being declared a winner. In all honesty, it comes down to dollars and sense for me. Obviously the wins are important for me as well, but I'm a father and a husband first. Dollars and sense matter to me. That was my fourth fight in the UFC in two-and-a-half years, so it's not like I've made a ton of money in the UFC right now. You take away double my money in a fight that I won and was told I won. I was being congratulated by (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva that night."
Bedford on wanting to finish things with Yahya: "I hope he heals up and one day we can finish this because of all the drama. I definitely feel like I had a win guaranteed if I was going to fight Rani Yahya. I was going to make him stand up with me, and it was going to be a bad night for him. Now because he pulled out, there's no drama or story or any of that. We were told we would be on the main card, and now I'm fighting on the prelims, which means I make less money in sponsorship."