Timur Valiev



Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/6/2021
Out with injury
September 16, 2021
Valiev (undisclosed) has withdrawn from his Oct. 16 fight versus Daniel Santos, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
Valiev's quest for a third straight win in his UFC career will have to wait after the undisclosed injury ruled him out a month ahead of the scheduled fight. It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
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Now fighting in October
August 25, 2021
Valiev is scheduled to fight Daniel Santos at the Oct. 16 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Valiev was initially scheduled to fight Ricky Simon in September, but it appears that fight has been called off. He'll get an extra three weeks to prepare for his new bout.
Looking to win his third UFC bout
July 27, 2021
Valiev will take on Ricky Simon in a bantamweight bout at UFC 266 on September 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Valiev will be looking to move to 3-0 (1 NC) in his short career with the UFC. He last was in the Octagon in June when he defeated Raoni Barcelos by majority decision. Simon has won each of his last two UFC bouts as well.
Earns narrow decision and FOTN bonus
June 27, 2021
Valiev defeated Raoni Barcelos via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
Valiev entered this fight as a (+185) underdog, and while some might say he caught a break on the scorecards, the 31-year-old ultimately got his hand raised to stay unbeaten in the UFC (at least officially). Valiev took Rounds 1 and 3 on the scorecards of all three judges, largely on the basis of his volume striking. Valiev ended up relying entirely on his stand-up game here, going 0-for-6 on takedown attempts. Round 2 was the point of contention, as it went clearly to Barcelos, with one judge awarding the Brazilian a 10-8 score that resulted in the unique "majority decision" ruling. Some might even contend Barcelos landed the harder shots in the final frame, but that's all in the wind. Valiev improves to 2-0 (1 NC) in the UFC and will go home with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Scheduled for June fight
April 4, 2021
Valiev will fight Raoni Barcelos on June 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
Valiev notched his first UFC victory over Martin Day in February, so he's officially 1-0-0 at the UFC level because his debut loss to Trevin Jones was switched to no contest. Barcelos has won nine straight fights, including five in the UFC ranks.
Blows past Martin Day
February 6, 2021
Valiev defeated Martin Day via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
You could watch this fight for about ten seconds and see why Valiev entered as the largest favorite on the card at -550. He spent the first round hammering Day with leg kicks before transitioning to the grappling game over the course of the final two frames. All told, Valiev was credited with four successful takedowns on six tries, in addition to 11:19 worth of control time, a stunning number for a 15-minute fight. We'll have to see how Valiev performs against better competition, but he is certainly a fighter to keep an eye on at featherweight.