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Yahya Steps in for Aldo to Face Mendes at UFC 133 August 6 in Philadelphia

(“Get a load of this guy. He calls himself ‘Money.’”)

The UFC moved swiftly to find a replacement opponent for number one UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes when 145-pound champ Jose Aldo bowed out of a planned late summer match-up with the 26-year-old Hanford, California native earlier in the week. According to MMAJunkie, the promotion has inked Rani Yahya to face Mendes at UFC 133 August 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

According to Aldo, contrary to a report, he did not injure himself since his fight with Mark Hominick in April, but he is dealing with lingering nagging injuries that are going to take some time and rest to heal. As such, he was instructed by his doctor to take the time to heal up and take care of his afflictions before steppingĀ back into the Octagon in the Fall.

News of the Mendes-Yahya pairing was first reported by

The fight could prove a huge opportunity for Yahya, an accomplished grappler who holds wins over Hominick and former WEC featherweight champions Mike Brown and Eddie Wineland. With guys like Josh Grispi and Dustin Poirier already booked for fights, Yahya was the next man down on the list who wasn’t already spoken for.

Mark Hominick was another fighter who was being considered, but considering he is still under a medical suspension in Canada from his UFC 129 war with Aldo and the fact that he and his wife had their first baby two weeks ago, he’s likely taking a much deserved vacation.

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Jonny5- May 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Chad Mendes vs. Hatsu Hioki title eliminator. Unable to get Hioki start offering other top FW's a change of opponents with the allure of a fast track to the top. Mendes vs Gamburyan sounds a lot more exciting than Gamburyan vs Griffin (hasnt fought at FW yet).
CungwantsCookies- May 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm
anyone else foresee 15 minutes of mendes in top control unable to finish?
blakebork- May 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm
That's bullshit, Yahya pulled out of his fight with Porrier because he was "hurt", now he's fine? Guess he didn't want to get what Grispi got. That's cool cause DP will be the next available for Aldo, and after watching Hominick go 5 with Jose I think Porrier will get the W.
Get Off Me- May 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Free money betting on Mendes.

Aldo's got the dreaded sciatica from the sounds of it.
I think he had surgery not too long ago as well for discs.
Hominick faught spectacularly but Aldo aggravated his back again during that fight. Talk about injured champions..........
Cruz(hand)-Aldo(Back)-Frankie(Back)-Jones(hand + being white)-Cain(shoulder).
serofibrinous- May 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm