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TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Demian Maia Vs. Alexander Yakovlev

tuf brazil 3 finale

Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev

Welterweights are up next, as Demian Maia looks to get back on track against Alexander Yakovlev.

Maia (18-6) has lost two straight since winning three in a row, falling to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields via decision. The former one-time UFC title contender is 12-6 in 18 Octagon fights.

Yakovlev (21-4-1) is making his UFC debut after earning a decision over Paul Daley in November. He is 8-1-1 in his last 10, with the lone loss coming to fellow UFC fighter Rashid Magomedov.

Round 1: Maia controlling the center of the Octagon, sending Yakovlev retreating with each strike. Maia shoots for a takedown, but Yakovlev easily steps out of the way. Two minutes to go and Maia scores with his second takedown attempt. He’s got the mount and is unloading with nice elbows from in close. Yakovlev is attempting to tie him up and force a stand-up, but that isn’t happening at this point. Good shots getting through by the Brazilian. Maia finishes the round strongly.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Round 2: Maia fends off an easy takedown attempt by Yakovlev and scores with his own, immediately passing and bettering his position. He moves back to the full mount and is looking to unload. Yakovlev almost gives up his back, but avoids doing that. Yakovlev does a nice job of avoiding much punishment and reverses, gaining the upper hand. He stands up and locks in a choke, working for a possible anaconda choke with a minute to go. He ends up back in the guard of Maia.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Round 3: Strong leg kicks by Yakovlev to start the round, as he appears to have gained some confidence after the end of the second. Good left and Maia looks a little winded at this point. Yakovlev shoots and scores with a big takedown, moving directly into side control, but Maia is able to get back to his feet. Maia gets off a nice left, but Yakovlev answers and lands an uppercut. As we head under three minutes, Maia lands a trip takedown and is in the full mount. Yakovlev trying to tie him up and get the ref to step in, but Maia is doing just enough to stay active. Maia tries for an armbar in the final seconds, but can’t get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maia

Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)