Newark, New Jersey: Alexander Yakovlev put on a beautiful performance during his preliminary bout on UFC on Fox 18, finishing George Sullivan with strikes in the very first round.
UFC on Fox 18 was held on January 30, 2016 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev took place on the preliminary card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
Sullivan was working the legs of Yakovlev early. The Russian repaid the favor before snatching a kick and taking Sullivan down. Sullivan stood quickly and forced Yakovlev to release the clinch and return ot the center. Yakovlev soon secured a second takedown, though, and landed in side control. He easily mounted Sullivan at the midway point of the round and then took his back. Sullivan stood, but still had Yakovlev hanging off of his back for a moment. Yakovlev let him out of his grip and returned to striking. Yakovlev seemed very calm as he threw strikes. He landed a few kicks and then scored with a brutal right hand that put Sullivan on the mat! A couple of shots later and this one is over!
Official Result: Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via TKO (punches) Round 1, 3:59
Yakovlev improved his record to 23-6-1 with the finish and sent George Sullivan to 17-5.