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Scott_Revels » Posted 6/22/07 4:53:00PM


MMAWeekly has learned that Rani Yahya is set to replace Manny Tapia at WEC 30 against Chase Beebe for the WEC Bantamweight Championship.

Beebe was originally scheduled to defend his WEC Bantamweight Championship for the first time against former King of the Cage Flyweight Champion Manny Tapia, but Tapia has been forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury.

Yahya will now step in to replace Tapia as Beebeā€™s first challenger. Yahya was already rumored to be on the card to face Brian Bowles in his debut at bantamweight, as Yahya moves down from 145lbs to 135lbs.

Edit: WEC's Website confirms it. LINK

MMA_Needs_Mayhem » Posted 6/17/07 6:49:00PM

I don't like Yahya's style of fight. He just chases the person and doesn't even set up shots. That fight with Hominick was brutal to watch, it was a grappling match in the cage, which I don't mind but does not fit the category of MMA. Even Royce didn't slide around chasing after people's legs and he was the slickest of BJJ black belts to enter MMA.

Scott_Revels » Posted 6/22/07 4:53:00PM

Yahya quite impressed me in the Hominick fight. I had no doubts that Mark was going to win, and then I got proved wrong. I expect Rani to win this one too.

matthughes23 » Posted 7/3/07 5:39:00AM

beebe vs. tapia was tough to call. This matchup is even tougher. However, i have a feeling that beebe will pull through

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