FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  MESDAG WILLEM
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
10/26/2016
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
Yuma Energy, Inc. [YUMA]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925, 
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director __X__ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)
___ Form filed by One Reporting Person
_X_ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Common Stock 2,525,052
I
See Footnote and Remarks below. (1)

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Series D Convertible Preferred Stock   (2)   (2) Common Stock 1,743,313 $ 11.074 I See Footnote and Remarks below. (3)

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
MESDAG WILLEM
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RED MOUNTAIN CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RED MOUNTAIN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RMCP GP LLC
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RMCP DPC LLC
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RMCP DPC II LLC
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RMCP PIV DPC, L.P.
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    
RMCP PIV DPC II, L.P.
10100 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, SUITE 925
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
    X    

Signatures

/s/ Willem Mesdag (on behalf of himself and the other Reporting Persons) 11/07/2016
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) These shares are held directly by RMCP PIV DPC, L.P. ("DPC PIV").
(2) The Series D Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of Common Stock at the option of the holder at any time or upon certain mandatory triggering events and has no expiration date.
(3) These shares are held directly by RMCP PIV DPC II, L.P. ("DPC PIV II").
 
Remarks:
This Form 3 is jointly filed by (i) DPC PIV, (ii) DPC PIV II, (iii) RMCP DPC LLC ("DPC"), (iv) RMCP DPC II LLC ("DPC II"), (v) RMCP GP LLC ("RMCP GP"), (vi) Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC ("RMCP"), (vii) Red Mountain Capital Management, Inc. ("RMCM") and (viii) Willem Mesdag. DPC is the general partner of DPC PIV. DPC II is the general partner of DPC PIV II. RMCP GP is the managing member of DPC. RMCP is the managing member of each of RMCP GP and DPC II. RMCM is the managing member of RMCP. Willem Mesdag is the president, sole executive officer, sole director and sole shareholder of RMCM. Each of Mr. Mesdag, RMCM, RMCP, RMCP GP and DPC by virtue of their direct or indirect control of DPC PIV, may be deemed to beneficially own some or all of the securities reported as being held by DPC PIV in Footnote 1 above. Each of Mr. Mesdag, RMCM, RMCP and DPC II by virtue of their direct or indirect control of DPC PIV II, may be deemed to beneficially own some or all of the securities reported as being held by DPC PIV II in Footnote 3 above. Each of the reporting persons hereunder disclaims beneficial ownership of the reported securities except to the extent of its or his pecuniary interest therein. This Form 3 shall not be deemed to be an admission that any reporting person hereunder is the beneficial owner of any of the reported securities for purposes of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or for any other purpose.

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