Tom Niinimaki signs with the UFC, fights Rani Yahya at TUF 18 Finale

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Another featherweight bout is set for TUF 18 Finale in Las Vegas.

After the addition of the 145-pound clash between Maximo Blanco and Akira Corassani, the UFC announced Tuesday that jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya welcomes Tom Niinimaki to the UFC on Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Yahya (19-7) enters the cage riding a three-fight win streak, including a first-round submission victory over Josh Grispi at UFC on FOX 4. An ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship champion, Yahya holds victories over the likes of Mike Brown, Eddie Wineland and Mark Hominick during his UFC/WEC career.

Niinimaki (20-5-1) makes his Octagon debut after racking up 11 consecutive wins, eight of them in his homeland of Finland, including a decision win over former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe last May.

The TUF 18 Finale will be headlined by the flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, and will also feature the finals from TUF 18: Rousey vs. Tate in both men's and women's 135-pound divisions.

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