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Alexander Yakovlev Is Not Worried About Demian Maia’s Grappling

Andrew Ravens

Demian Maia

Alexander Yakovlev (21-4) is less than 24 hours away from fighting Demian Maia (18-6) at the TUF Brazil 3 finale. Check out his thoughts on fighting Maia.

“I was supposed to fight Yan Cabral on May 10 in Ohio, which would’ve been extra exciting since my K Dojo teammate Albert Tumenov was on the same card and it was in the U.S. But when they suddenly asked me to step up to fight Maia, my coaches and I thought it was a great opportunity. We agreed that I have the tools and experience to beat him, and so we gave them an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ We could have turned it down, of course, but that was never really a consideration in this case.”

Alexander Yakovlev (21-4) He has eight knockouts, eight submissions and five decision victories, while he has never been knocked out, he has three submission losses and once by decision in his MMA career.

“I am confident we’ve addressed any holes in my game from previous fights, said Yakovlev. I have been training with some of the top grapplers in the world and working hard on my ground game since those losses, so no, I don’t think he’s going to find any weakness to exploit there.”

This fight will be Yakovlev’s UFC debut. In his last five fights, he is 2-1-1. In his most notable fight, which was his last fight, was a win over ex UFC and Strikeforce fighter Paul Daley via unanimous decision in November.

TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs. Miocic is the second UFC event on Saturday, it goes down on Saturday night. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card to the main event fight on Fox Sports 1. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado, the co-main event is Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Vitor Miranda. The event airs from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The show starts with Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.


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