A highly touted Brazilian prospect makes his UFC debut this week in Russia.
Alex Da Silva (20-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Alexander Yakovlev (24-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 7, which takes place Saturday at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg. The card streams on ESPN+.
Ahead of the card, get to know Da Silva, a lightweight fighter who started his pro career 18-0 before suffering his first and only loss two years ago this month.
Full name: Alex da Silva Coelho
Nickname: Leko. It doesn’t have much meaning. It’s just something that people have called me since I was a little kid.
Birthplace: I was born in Icara, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. I grew up in a neighboring city, Morro da Fumaca. Today, I live in Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina.
Team: Astra Fight Team.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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