Alexander Yakovlev
Thunder Of The North


Gets fight for UFC on ESPN+ 21
September 13, 2019
Yakovlev will take on Vinc Pichel in a lightweight bout at UFC on ESPN+21 on Nov. 9, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Yakovlev most recently made his return to the octagon after nearly a three-year break. He moved from welterweight to lightweight and saw great results, defeating Alex da Silva Coelho via submission at UFC Fight Night 149. He'll now have his second chance at a lightweight victory in his home country of Russia.
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Storms back with a submission
April 20, 2019
Yakovlev defeated Alex da Silva via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:10 Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
Yakovlev showed his ability to come back in this fight. He had a lot of trouble in this fight in the first round. He ate a lot of punches on the feet. Da Silva scored a few takedowns, but Yakovlev was able to scramble back to his feet and get back to work. The second round started off much the same way. However, Da Silva then shot for a takedown. Yakovlev showed good defense and kept himself on his feet. From there he locked in the guillotine choke and finished without jumping into guard. This was Yakovlev's first victory in the UFC since 2016.
Booked for UFC St. Petersburg
April 4, 2019
Yakovlev will take on newly-signed Alex da Silva at UFC St. Petersburg on April 20, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Yakovlev was originally booked to face off with Teemu Packalen before the 31-year-old was forced to withdraw. Now, Yakovlev will be paired with the young up-and-comer da Silva, who boasts an impressive 20-1 record heading into his UFC debut. Yakovlev has not stepped in the octagon since 2016 and is currently riding a two-fight losing streak. He will drop from welterweight to lightweight for this upcoming bout.
Never got going against Zak Cummings
November 19, 2016
Yakovlev lost to Zak Cummings via submission (armbar) at 4:02 of round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Yakovlev was never able to get on track against Cummings. He spent the entire first round on his bike trying to avoid any semblance of fighting. At the start of round two, he employed the same strategy. Late in the round, Yakovlev shot for a double-leg takedown. It was not close, and he ended up in the bottom of side control. From there Cummings went to work and finished with a nifty inverted triangle choke and straight armbar combination.
Horrible effort in loss to Kamaru Usman in Chicago
July 23, 2016
Yakovlev lost to Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision (25-30, 25-30, 25-30) at UFC on FOX 20 on Saturday in Chicago.
The highlight of Yakovlev's evening was when referee John McCarthy took a point from him in Round 1 for repeatedly grabbing the fence. That, and the judge's scores, should tell you all you need to know about how this fight went. The Russian landed just eight significant strikes throughout the course of the bout, a mind-boggling number. This fight was nearly a carbon copy of Yakovlev's UFC debut against Demian Maia in May 2014. He is now 2-3 in his first five UFC bouts.
January 30, 2016
Yakovlev defeated George Sullivan via KO (punch) at 3:59 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 18 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
It was about as clean of a knockout as you will ever see. The Russian began his UFC career with back-to-back losses to Demian Maia and Nico Musoke, but he has since rattled off back-to-back wins over Sullivan and fading veteran Gray Maynard. Yakovlev isn't a big name, but there are quite a few fighters in the 170-pound division that he can handle. He makes for quality roster depth for the company.