Joel Alvarez and Alexander Yakovlev are expected to meet on the UFC’s November 24th PPV, UFC 254. The matchup was first reported by MMA Vestnik last Tuesday.
The card is set to happen from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Alvarez will aim to make his winning streak in the UFC three-straight with the fight. He last competed in July, stopping Joe Duffy within a round with a guillotine choke. His previous win was his first in the UFC, defeating Danilo Belluardo.
Yakovlev hasn’t competed in just under a year. His last fight was in November of 2019, dropping a decision to Roosevelt Roberts.
UFC 254 currently has a headlining bout scheduled between UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Justin Gaethje. Here’s the new lineup.
Bout 13: Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) vs. Justin Gaethje (22-2) (UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 12: Robert Whittaker (21-5) vs. Jared Cannonier (13-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 11: Alexander Volkov (31-8) vs. Walt Harris (13-8) (Heavyweight)
Bout 10: Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) vs. Lauren Murphy (13-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 8: Da Un Jung (13-2) vs. Sam Alvey (33-14) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Liana Jojua (8-3) vs. Miranda Maverick (7-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Magomed Ankalaev (13-1) vs. Ion Cutelaba (15-5) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Phil Hawes (8-2) vs. Jacob Malkoun (4-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Stefan Struve (29-12) vs. Tai Tuivasa (10-3) (Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Casey Kenney (15-2-1) vs. Nathaniel Wood (17-4) (Catchweight 140 lbs)
Bout 2: Alex Oliviera (22-8-1) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (12-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Joel Alvarez (17-2) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (25-10-1) (Lightweight)