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Alexander Yakovlev rises above ex-title contender Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 63

UFC Fight Night 63 took place on April 4, 2015 at the Patriot Center in  Fairfax, Virginia and aired on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Round 1: Gray just misses two straight rights to open the round. Gray is very aggressive early. Yakovlev with a hip toss takedown into half guard. Gray went for a guillotine, but quickly let it go. Gray sweeps and gets back to his feet. Gray shoots in and gets a takedown briefly, Yakovlev back to his feet, Gray stays on him and clinches with him. He puts Yakovlev on the fence, the referee separates the two. Gray with straight right hand that stuns Yakovlev. Yakovlev with a nice body kick. Gray with a sweep, he gets a headlock and clinches with him on the fence. Yakovlev pushes off and they end the round on their feet.

Round 2: Both men come out swinging, Gray lands some good body punches. Gray with a double leg takedown, Yakovlev right back to his feet. Yakovlev just misses a knee to the face of Maynard. Yakovlev clips him with a right hook after throwing a flurry of strikes. Gray shot in for a single leg, but Yakovlev held tough and stood tall. Yakovlev with a straight left hand that drops Gray, Yakovlev swarms and Gray panics. Gray back to his feet, Yakovlev stuffed it and got Gray’s back. Gray popped his hips and has Yakovlev gotten on top.

Round 3: Gray makes a charge at Yakovlev, clinches with him on the fence for about ten seconds and then let go. Yakovlev landed a good left hook, Gray shot in, but Yakovlev stuffed it. Yakovlev went for a takedown, but Gray spun out and back to his feet. Gray with a clinch, he put Yakovlev on the fence. Everytime Gray went in or got close to Yakovlev, Yakovlev would just land any kind of punch and back up Gray. Close fight, but Yakovlev is owning Gray. Yakovlev with a single leg takedown that has him land on top.

Result: Alexander Yakovlev def. Gray Maynard via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-2

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