UFC officials announced the booking earlier today.
Former UFC title challenger Gray Maynard will be looking to score his first win since June of 2012 when he takes on Yakovlev this April. “The Bully” is in the midst of a three-fight losing skid, which has seen him suffer TKO losses to T.J. Grant, Nate Diaz and Ross Pearson.
Meanwhile, Alexander Yakovlev will be looking to earn his first-career UFC win when he takes on Maynard in Virginia. The 30-year-old Russian dropped decision losses to Demian Maia and Nico Musoke while fighting in the welterweight division. Yakovlev is hoping that a drop down to lightweight will produce the type of results that saw him defeat Paul Daley in 2013.
UFC Fight Night 63 takes place April 4 live from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The event is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With the news, the UFC Fight Night 63 card now includes the following contests:
•Ricardo Lamas vs. Chad Mendes
•Diego Ferreira vs. Dustin Poirier
•Michael Chiesa vs. Mitch Clarke
•Shamil Abdurahimov vs. Timothy Johnson
•Liz Carmouche vs. Lauren Murphy
•Luke Barnatt vs. Clint Hester
•Milana Dudieva vs. Julianna Pena
•Clay Guida vs. Robbie Peralta
•Justin Jones vs. Ron Stallings
•Gray Maynard vs. Alexander Yakovlev
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