Cody Garbrandt was left with no opponent in UFC Vegas 58 July 9. Rani Yahya sustained a neck injury and multiple sources informed MMA Fighting that he had been told by BJPenn.com ..
Yahya is expected to be sidelined from training for at least four weeks and currently has no timetable for his return to the cage, MMA Fighting learned.
The Brazilian bantamweight was determined to win his third consecutive victory after beating Ray Rodriguez and KyungHo Kang. He has lost only once in five year.
The UFC has yet to decide what’s next for Garbrandt, a former UFC champion who is set to move back up to the 135-pound division after suffering a first-round knockout loss to flyweight contender Kai Kara-France in December.
Garbrandt won by knockout Raphael Assuncao on June 2020. This is Garbrandt’s only victory in six fights. It also includes two stoppage losses against T.J. Dillashaw and Pedro Munhoz as well as a setback of five rounds opposite Rob Font.
UFC Vegas 58 will be held at UFC APEX Las Vegas. It features Rafael dos Anjos against Rafael Fiziev as a lightweight headliner.
Mike Heck contributed to this report.