Alex da Silva indicators with the UFC, faces Alexander Yakovlev in Russia

The UFC was pressured to discover a new opponent for Alexander Yakovlev in Russia, and the corporate has signed a Brazilian prospect to battle later this month.

Alex da Silva has signed with the UFC to interchange Teemu Packalen in opposition to “Thunder of the North” at UFC St. Petersburg on April 20, a number of sources informed MMA Preventing. Combate first reported the information.

da Silva (20-1) inked a cope with the North American promotion after scoring back-to-back first-round stoppages in Brazil and Serbia. The 23-year-old light-weight from Astra and MTK scored all of his MMA wins by the use of stoppage with 13 knockouts and 7 submissions.

Yakovlev (24-9-1) has confronted robust competitors since becoming a member of the UFC in 2014, going 2-Four contained in the Octagon with defeats to the likes of Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia. The Russian fighter has determined to drop to from welterweight to light-weight for his subsequent bout.

The Struggle Evening card will happen on the Yubileyny Sports activities Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and have Alistair Overeem versus Alexey Oleinik in the principle occasion.

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