A few weeks ago, I went to see my cousin fight, along with several of his teammates from Midwest Training Center. My cousin won, as did the main event fighter, a tall, lanky bantamweight by the name of John Hosman who won with a slick armbar. Just two days later, I heard that Hosman, who had fought around Chicago for years, was signed to fight Rani Yahya at WEC 42, just three weeks later. Hosman replaced Kenji Osawa after he suffered a foot injury.
"I got the call Sunday, the day after my last fight. I was smiling from ear to ear, and have been ever since," Hosman told Cagewriter. "We've been trying to talk to them for two years, and have had no luck. But then I get the call at the last minute."
Hosman, who trains with UFC fighter Clay Guida, does not have an easy fight on his hands. Yahya has wins over Mark Hominick, Yoshiro Maeda and another Chicago-area fighter, Eddie Wineland. Not to mention, Hosman has a lightning quick turnaround from his last fight, but he said that he had three fights in one month in the past. He has no doubt that he will be prepared come this Sunday.
"Oh, I'm ready. I've been ready. I can't wait to get in there and prove to everyone what I've got. They hadn't paid attention to me. I'll make them pay attention now."
- Rani Yahya