Rani Yahya vs Kyung Ho Kang Odds
Rani Yahya -110 vs Kyung Ho Kang
Fight is at 135 lbs and is -125 to end inside the distance.
Rani Yahya vs Kyung Ho Kang Betting Preview
This is very much a grappler vs grappler matchup, and that never bodes well for a fighter forced to grapple with Rani Yahya. Kyung Ho Kang is a fighter that has been reliant on his grappling throughout his UFC tenure. He does have three submission wins in the promotion, but all of those have come against much lower level competition, particularly in terms of grappling skill sets.
Kang will be the longer, stronger and more athletic fighter in this matchup. For him to have a real chance in this fight, he will need to put his striking to work. The problem there for Kang is that he is simply not a high end nor dangerous striker. It has been 10 years and 14 fights since the last time Kang won a fight via KO. That will be an issue for a fighter that is more programmed to accept grappling and facing an opponent that is best overwhelmed in the standup.
Rani Yahya is a submission ace and BJJ world champion. He has 14 years combined UFC/WEC experience and has a laundry list of submissions to his record. He has 11 submissions in the promotion and 21 in total, but has never won a fight via KO. As always, we will see Yahya work to get the fight to the floor. His wrestling is not elite, but he finds ways to get fights down, and his opponent does not have high end takedown defense. Kang has been taken down in four separate UFC fights.
I think we see Kang’s general willingness and want for grappling get the best of him. He should be treating the mat like lava in the matchup with Yahya, but he will accept grappling exchanges. This could very easily lead to a Yahya submission, but at minimum it will cost Kang rounds. With that being the case, the clear paths to victory are there for Yahya. Those paths are murky at best for Kang, so we will take Yahya in this pickem spot. Note: most sportsbooks have this fight at a pickem but Caesar’s gives us a tick more value at -105.