San Diego MMA and Jiu Jitsu fighter Rani Yahya will face John Hosman in the WEC on August 9th in Las Vegas Nevada at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Yahya, the current lightweight ADCC submission grappling world champion, is also the Head No Gi Jiu Jitsu instructor for The Arena (, a highly regarded MMA gym in San Diego.

Yahya will be fighting on the undercard of the Miguel Torres versus Brian Bowles fight. Yahya is a bantamweight (135 lb) fighter with a 14-4 pro MMA record, including 4 previous fights in the WEC. He is considered one of the best pound for pound grapplers on the planet, winning 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships and is the reigning lightweight submission grappling world champion, winning the ADCC World Championships in 2007 at the age of 22. After his August 9th WEC fight, Yahya will be defending his ADCC title in September 2009 in Barcelona Spain.

His opponent is John Hosman, a 28 yr. old fighter with a 17-4-1 pro MMA record recorded over the past 4 years. Coincidentally, Hosman trains out of the same camp as Clay Guida, while Yahya trains out of the The Arena, the same camp as Diego Sanchez. Guida and Sanchez recently fought on the Ultimate fighter finale on June 22nd, 2009.

Hosman was recently chosen to replace Kenji Osawa, who was sidelined by a foot injury. The 5”10” Hosman, known for his Wrestling, Boxing, and Muay Thai skills, is an interesting matchup for the 5’6” Jiu Jitsu wizard Yahya, who is known for his amazing submission abilities.

About The Arena – The San Diego MMA Gym

The Arena is a MMA gym in San Diego that trains professional fighters as well as recreational athletes who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling in its San Diego MMA gym. For more info on The Arena, go to

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