While most legitimate companies would have you believe their fighters are respectable tacticians and upstanding citizens, the truth of the matter is there’s a good number of thugs and morons running around the sport of MMA. Yesterday we talked about Kendall Grove managing to piss off the one guy in Edmonton with a gun. Today we’ll discuss WEC fighter Rani Yahya kicking people in the head at jiu jitsu tournaments.
If you watched the first big WEC show, you may remember Rani as the guy who chased Mark Hominick across the ring on his ass and climbed him like a tree. It was a pretty impressive showing considering Hominick was expected to tear shit up in the WEC and Rani was just ‘some BJJ guy’.
Well, last weekend Rani was coaching a competitor at an On The Mat BJJ tournament. During one of the matches he was having some serious disagreements with the referee and kept stepping onto the mats to argue with him. At one point the grapplers rolled off the mats and Rani picked his guy’s opponent, Dominic Cruz, up and shoved him. Cruz and Rani got in each other’s face until the ref separated them … and then Yahya ran around the ref and kicked Dominic Cruz in the head!
At that point all hell broke loose and a mob of people stormed the mat and chased Rani out of the building. Rani hightailed it across the parking lot and wasn’t seen for the rest of the tourney.
I gotta say, this easily beats Drew Fickett’s drunken ADCC scuffle. I’m glad to see that grappling tournaments are where these fighters let their freak flags fly and really flip out. So long as they keep doing it, I’ll keep having stuff to write about here.