UFC Fight Night 114 results: Rani Yahya nearly flawless in submission win over Henry Briones

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Henry Briones hardly had a chance to get in a fight before he was tapping to Rani Yahya.

Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) wasted little time taking Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to the mat, where he kept trying submissions until he found one that worked, finishing with a kimura in the first round.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

The official time of stoppage was the 2:01 mark of the opening frame, putting Yahya back in the win column after a decision loss to Joe Soto snapped a four-fight streak.

It was no accident that Yahya got the takedown early. Against Soto, he tried to slug it out for a more fan-friendly fight and wound up short on points.

This time, the submission specialist fired off one leg kick and used the cage to get Briones to the mat. The first try was a guillotine choke, which Briones escaped only to find himself in trouble with the second, a north-south choke.

Eventually, Yahya realized he didn’t have the perfect position, so he settled into half-guard and started arm hunting. Briones tried to save his limb but failed to close his half-guard, allowing Yahya to step over and crank his arm. A tap was the only choice.

Briones now has lost three straight after a UFC debut win over Guido Cannetti in 2014.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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With Chris Gruetzemacher out, Martin Bravo now meets Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 114

One fighter’s loss is another’s gain as Peruvian featherweight Humberto Bandenay will get a crack at the UFC.

UFC officials recently announced that Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and face Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5 at Mexico City Arena. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to the change, UFC officials also confirmed a handful of bouts that had been previously reported, including Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

Bravo won “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3” in 2016 after scoring a TKO win over Claudio Puelles in the lightweight-tournament final. It remains “El Toro’s” most recent appearance. Prior to the reality show, the 23-year-old Mexican fighter dominated his country’s regional scene with a 10-0 career start that included eight stoppages.

Meanwhile, Bandenay makes his promotional debut on the strength of a five-fight winning streak in which all five wins have come by way of stoppage. He fought most recently in May, scoring a first-round submission win via armbar in a King of the Cage contest.

With the changes in the lineup, UFC Fight Night 114 now includes:

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
  • Martin Bravo vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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