Michinori Tanaka aims for another UFC win this September in Brazil

A bantamweight tilt between Michinori Tanaka and Rani Yahya is slated for UFC Fight Night in the city of Brasilia.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]U[/mks_dropcap]FC bantamweight Michinori Tanaka from Japan makes his Octagon return this September in Brasilia, Brazil.
After coming off a split-decision victory over former title challenger Joe Soto, Michinori Tanaka (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will face hometown favorite Rani Yahya. Before Tanaka’s successful transition to the UFC in June of 2014, he became the Pacific Xtreme Combat bantamweight champion, defeating Crisanto Pitpitunge and Kyle Aguon.

“I’m really excited to be back in the cage,” Tanaka tells Dojo Drifter. He also added that he aims to get back-to-back wins in the UFC and continue his path to title contention.

Last July, Tanaka arrived in Manila to support his striking coach and fellow Team Alpha Male fighter Yusuke Nakamura. Nakamura competed in WSOF Global’s event in Araneta Coliseum and eventually won his fight via split decision.

A longtime name under the UFC/WEC banner, Yahya (22-8, 1NC MMA, 7-2 UFC) is currently on a three-fight win streak. He submitted promotional newcomer Matthew Lopez in July, handing the former Reign MMA fighter the first loss of his pro career.

In the night’s main event, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino headlines the second promotional card in the Brazilian city where she is set to welcome Lina Lansberg in a catchweight bout at 140 pounds.

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