Timur Valiev


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.
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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.
Opponent switched for next fight
January 29, 2021
Valiev will now be taking on Martin Day instead of Julio Arce on Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
The reason for Arce's withdrawal is not yet clear. In Day, he'll face an opponent who has lost all three of his UFC fights thus far in his career.
Second UFC fight scheduled
November 23, 2020
Valiev will take on Julio Arce in a featherweight matchup on Feb. 6, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Valiev was originally ruled the loser in his UFC debut back in August, falling by TKO against Trevin Jones, but the result was changed to a no-contest after Jones tested positive for marijuana. Arce has lost three of his last four fights, most recently falling by split decision against Hakeem Dawodu back in November of 2019.
Jones fight ruled no-contest
October 7, 2020
Valiev's loss to Trevin Jones on Aug. 22 was ruled no-contest after Jones' positive marijuana test, MMAFighting.com reports.
It was a shocking defeated for such a heavy favorite against a challenger coming in on short notice. Come to find out the positive test made this fight ultimately ruled no-contest. Valiev's career MMA record now sits a 12-2. It's unknown at this point when he will fight next.
Shocking defeat in UFC debut
August 22, 2020
Valiev lost to Trevin Jones via TKO (strikes) at 1:59 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It figures to take many months for Valiev to get over this one. Entering as a whopping -640 favorite, Valiev figured to be in for an easy night at the office. He blew the doors off Jones in Round 1, winning 10-8 on the scorecards of all three judges. Yet, it only takes one shot in this sport to turn the tide, and Valiev ate a sweeping right hook from Jones which floored him early in Round 2. Referee Chris Tognoni was eventually forced to call off the action. Valiev is going to get another shot with the company, but he may not be able to recover here. This could not have gone any worse for the 30-year-old Dagestani newcomer.