Demian Maia-Alexander Yakovlev Added to ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ Finale

By Mike Whitman May 2, 2014
Demian Maia has submitted nine opponents during his pro career. | Dave Mandel/

A welterweight matchup pitting Octagon veteran Demian Maia against promotional newcomer Alexander Yakovlev has been added to "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3" finale.

UFC officials recently announced the pairing, which takes place May 31 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The show’s main card airs live on Fox Sports 1, headlined by a heavyweight clash between former champion Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.

A Mundials and ADCC champion, Maia has submitted half of his 18 victims since making his MMA debut in 2001. The jiu-jitsu ace dropped to welterweight in 2012, rattling off a trio of wins before coming up short against Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald in his last two outings.

Yakovlev rides a three-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. The 29-year-old Russian owns 26 pro fights to his credit and last competed on Nov. 8, when he took a unanimous decision from UFC veteran Paul Daley under the Moscow-based Legend banner.

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