Alexander Yakovlev (fighter)

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Alexander Yakovlev
Born (1984-07-18) July 18, 1984 (age 32)[1]
Veliky Novgorod, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names Thunder of the North, Sultan Tukhaev, Saitama
Nationality Russian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (2004–2014, 2016–current)
Lightweight (2015)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out of St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia
Fairfield, New Jersey[disambiguation needed], United States [3]
Team Team MMA Spirit
K-Dojo Warrior Tribe
Alexander Nevsky MMA
D-Fight MMA club
Trainer Andrei Semenov (formally), Magomed Tikhaev, Murat Keshtov
Rank Master of Sports in Hand-to-hand combat[2]
Master of Sports in Sport Sambo[2]
Master of Sports in Combat Sambo[2]
Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling[2]
Years active 2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 23
By knockout 9
By submission 8
By decision 6
Losses 8
By submission 4
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
University St. Petersburg Ministry of Internal Affair University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Andreevich Yakovlev (Russian: Александр Андреевич (Магомедович) Яковлев; born July 18, 1984), also known as Sultan Tikhaev, is a Russian amateur wrestler, mixed martial artist and rapper. Yakovlev is recognized as an aggressive welterweight competitor who competed in the M-1 Global, ProFC, Shooto Russia, and Bodog Fight promotions. Yakovlev’s martial arts background included training in Sambo and Freestyle Wrestling prior to turning his attention to professional fighting at the age of nineteen. He is currently fighting in the welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Yakovlev is managed by Murat Keshtov and Doug Wilson. He currently trains with Albert Tumenov, Alexander Keshtov, Rustam Chsiev, Khusein Khaliev in K Dojo Warrior Tribe.

M-Global[edit]

At the age of 19, Alexander made his professional MMA debut in a tournament for M-1 Global.

Yakovlev faced Shamil Zavurov on March 16, 2012 at M-1 Challenge 31, with the fight ending in a draw (judges scorecards: 29–28 Zavurov, 28–28, 28–28)

Yakovlev faced Rashid Magomedov on November 15, 2012 at M-1 Challenge 35.[4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Yakovlev faced Murad Abdulaev on April 9, 2013 at M-1 Challenge 38.[5] He won via split decision.

Yakovlev faced UFC veteran Paul Daley on November 8, 2013 at Legend 2. He won via unanimous decision.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On January 6, 2014, Yakovlev signed a contract with the UFC.

Yakovlev was initially expected to make his debut against Yan Cabral on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[7] However, on April 9, Yakovlev was moved to the The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale card as he replaced an injured Mike Pierce against Demian Maia.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Yakovlev fought Nico Musoke on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Yakovlev next dropped to the Lightweight division and faced Gray Maynard on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[10] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

Yakovlev faced George Sullivan in the Welterweight at UFC on Fox 18 on January 30, 2016.[12] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[13]

Yakovlev was expected to face Ryan LaFlare on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[14] However, LaFlare pulled out of the fight in early June after sustaining an undisclosed injury and replaced by Kamaru Usman.[15] He lost the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Yakovlev faced Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 99 on November 19, 2016. He lost the fight by submission due to armbar in the second round.[17]

Amateur career[edit]

Hand-to-hand combat[edit]

On 27–30 March 2013, Yakovlev became the Russian national HTHC champion. He beat Alexei Nazarov, Andrey Koreshkov and Alexander Stetsurenko.

He has the rank "master of sports in freestyle wrestling." Yakovlev's brother, Rasul Tikhaev, is a member of Belarus National Freestyle Wrestling Team.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Sambo[edit]

  • Russian Combat Sambo Federation
    • Medalist Russian Sambo Championship

Hand-to-hand combat[edit]

  • Russian Union of Martial Arts
    • Medalist Russian Hand-to-hand combat Championships
    • Russian National Champion[18]

Freestyle Wrestling[edit]

  • All-Russian Wrestling Federation
    • Medalist of Freestyle Wrestling National Tournament

Grappling[edit]

  • NAGA
    • World Champion (2014, 187 lbs)[19]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–8–1 Zak Cummings Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 2016 2 3:25 Belfast, Northern Ireland Catchweight (172.8 lbs) bout; Cummings missed weight.
Loss 23–7–1 Kamaru Usman Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 23–6–1 George Sullivan KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 1 3:59 Newark, New Jersey, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 22–6–1 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 21–6–1 Nico Musoke Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 21–5–1 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 21–4–1 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Legend: Part 2: Invasion November 8, 2013 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 20–4–1 Reinaldo da Silva Decision (unanimous) Fightspirit Championship 1 September 8, 2013 2 5:00 Kolpino, Russia
Win 19–4–1 Murad Abdulaev Decision (split) M-1 Challenge 38 April 9, 2013 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 18–4–1 Rashid Magomedov Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 35 November 15, 2012 5 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia For the M-1 Global Welterweight Championship.
Draw 18–3–1 Shamil Zavurov Draw (majority) M-1 Challenge 31 March 16, 2012 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 18–3 Juan Manuel Suarez TKO (punches) M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson November 20, 2011 2 3:55 Moscow, Russia
Win 17–3 Christian Eckerlin Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 Challenge 25: Zavurov vs. Enomoto April 28, 2011 2 3:14 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 16–3 Dimitri Anghelou Submission (rear-naked choke) IM 1: Team Saint Petersburg vs. Team France December 18, 2010 2 3:40 Cherepovets, Russia
Win 15–3 Khamid Gereyhanov Submission (rear-naked choke) Draka: Governor's Cup 2010 December 18, 2010 1 N/A Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 14–3 Vahe Tadevosyan Submission (triangle choke) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 7 August 6, 2010 1 4:55 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Loss 13–3 Jacob McClintock Submission (armbar) fightFORCE: Day of Anger February 28, 2009 1 4:59 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 13–2 Yuri Pulaev Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Russia: Against The War September 26, 2008 1 3:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 12–2 Alexander Kokoev Submission (rear-naked choke) Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia November 30, 2007 2 4:43 Moscow, Russia
Win 11–2 Gigam Matevosian Decision (unanimous) PGM: Russia vs. Novgorod November 24, 2007 2 5:00 Velikiy Novgorod, Russia
Win 10–2 Gigam Matevosian Submission (triangle choke) PGM: Russia vs. Novgorod April 28, 2007 2 2:15 Velikiy Novgorod, Russia
Loss 9–2 Karl Amoussou Submission (armbar) M-1 MFC: International Mix Fight March 17, 2007 1 1:44 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 9–1 Ishkhan Zakharian TKO (punches) M-1: International Fight Night 6 November 18, 2006 1 3:26 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–1 Andrei Simykin TKO (punches) M-1: Mix-Fight Tournament October 12, 2006 3 1:40 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 7–1 Alexander Grebenkin TKO (punches) M-1 MFC: Mix-fight June 15, 2006 1 N/A St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 6–1 Oleg Glazunov KO (punches) M-1 MFC: New Blood October 1, 2005 2 1:40 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 5–1 Danila Veselov Decision (unanimous) M-1 MFC: Mix-fight April 10, 2005 2 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 4–1 Artur Korchemny TKO (punches) CF: Champions Fight February 25, 2005 1 3:20 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 3–1 Dmitry Sokov TKO (punches) M-1 MFC: International Fight Nights February 5, 2005 1 1:32 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 2–1 Magomed Tugayev Submission (armbar) M-1 MFC: Mix-Fight May 21, 2004 N/A N/A St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 2–0 Vladimir Magomedshayshafiev Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 MFC: Mix-Fight April 10, 2004 N/A N/A St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 1–0 Vladimir Magomedshayshafiev TKO (punches) M-1 MFC: Mix-Fight February 21, 2004 N/A N/A St. Petersburg, Russia

Discography[edit]

  • Examen (Exam) (2011)[20]
  • Bad Boy with D.Masta (2011)
  • Money Power (2012)[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Yakovlev". sherdog.com. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alexander Yakovlev - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Александр Яковлев: держа в руках контракт UFC, я знаю - мечты сбываются (ЭКСКЛЮЗИВ)" [Alexander Yakovlev: holding a contract UFC, I know - Dreams Come True (EXCLUSIVE)] (in Russian). mixfight.ru. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "M-1 Challenge 35: Emelianenko vs. Monson". mixfight.ru. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  5. ^ "M-1 Challenge 38: Gran Prix". mixfight.ru. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  6. ^ "MMA legend vs Bad Boy". valetudo.ru. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  7. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-21). "Sambo vs. BJJ". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  8. ^ Staff (April 9, 2014). "Replacement Alexander Yakovlev meets Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 42". MMAjunkie.com. 
  9. ^ Staff (2014-08-08). "Alexander Yakovlev replaces Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  10. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-02-02). "Gray Maynard vs. Alexander Yakovlev added to UFC Fight Night 63 in Virginia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  11. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-04-04). "UFC Fight Night 63 results: Alexander Yakovlev extends Gray Maynard's slide". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  12. ^ "UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-30). "UFC on FOX 18 results: Alexander Yakovlev stops George Sullivan with first round KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  14. ^ Staff (2016-04-04). "UFC on Fox 20 update: 4 bouts confirmed for July 23 card in Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  15. ^ Chris Sosa (2016-06-03). "'Nigerian Nightmare' lands spot for UFC event at United Center". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  16. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-07-23). "UFC on FOX 20 results: Kamaru Usman dominates Alexander Yakovlev in grappling heavy affair". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 99 results: Zak Cummings armbars Alexander Yakovlev in second". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Ykovlev winner Russia HTHC Championships". mixfight.ru. March 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ykovlev won NAGA world grappling title". pryamayarech.ru. April 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ Bad Boy - Экзамен. 28 October 2011 – via YouTube. 
  21. ^ Bad Boy "Money Power". 29 July 2012 – via YouTube. 

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