On Monday it was announced that Mike Pierce was going to be out of UFC Fight Night 42 against Demian Maia due to a broken hand. Well now, according to his management staff, Alexander Yakovlev will step in for Pierce and make his UFC debut. Yakovlev and his team made this announcement via social media, but the UFC have yet to make an official announcement on the substitution.
Yakovlev (21-4-1) was signed to the UFC in November after winning a unanimous decision against veteran Paul Daley. That fight capped a three fight win streak, and out of his last 9 fights he won 8, finishing 5 of those.
The updated UFC Fight Night 42 card looks like this:
• Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
• Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov
• Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
• Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
• Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza
• Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio
UFC Fight Night 42 will take place on May 31 at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium.Tags: Alexander Yakovlev, demian Maia, mike pierce, ufc fight night 42