Timur Valiev

Timur Valiev (born January 19, 1990) is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division. Valiev previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Professional Fighters League (PFL).

Timur Valiev
Born (1990-01-19) January 19, 1990 (age 32)[1]
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Other namesThe Lucky
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Featherweight (2018–present)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofToms River, New Jersey
Makhachkala, Russia
TeamDagestan Fighter Team
Renzo Gracie Combat Team (formerly)[3]
Nick Catone MMA
RankMaster of Sports in Sambo[4]
International Master of Sports in Pankration[citation needed]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida[5]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission2
By decision11
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Timur Valiev was born on January 19, 1990 in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. In the high school he competed in soccer, then at the age of sixteen on the advice of a friend he joined to Wushu Sanda. Also he trained kickboxing and thai boxing. He won a gold medal in European Pankration Championship and 3rd in World Cup.[7]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Valiev made his professional MMA debut on September 4, 2010 in Portugal at the World Ultimate Full Contact 16 against Olle Raberg of Sweden. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Eurasia Fight Nights GlobalEdit

Valiev faced UFC hopeful Oleg Borisov on November 3, 2012 at the EFN - Battle of Moscow 8.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

World Series of FightingEdit

His WSOF debut was at the WSOF 10 on June 14, 2014 against Adam Acquaviva.[10] He won the fight via technical knockout in the third round.[11]

Valiev faced Isaiah Chapman at the WSOF 13 on September 13, 2014.[12] He won thefight via unanimous decision.[13]

Valiev faced Ed West at the WSOF 19 on March 28, 2015. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[14]

Valiev faced Tito Jones at the WSOF 23 on September 28, 2015.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Valiev faced Chris Gutiérrez at the WSOF 28 on February 20, 2016. He lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision. After the fight WSOF president Ray Sefo did not agree with the result fight and gave a rematch for Valiev.[17]

In their second fight, Valiev defeated Chris Gutiérrez at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016 via unanimous decision.[18]

Valiev was expected to face Bekbulat Magomedov on March 18, 2017, at WSOF 35 for vacant Bantamweight title. However, Valiev pulled out of the fight in the beginning of March citing an elbow injury and was replaced by Donavon Frelow.[19]

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

Valiev faced Josenaldo Silva on November 2, 2017 at PFL: Fight Night.[20] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[21]

Valiev faced Max Coga on June 7, 2018 at PFL 1.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Originally a fight between Timur Valiev vs. Lee Coville was set, however due to undisclosed reasons Coville was forced to pull out, and was replaced by countrymen Bekbulat Magomedov on July 19, 2018 at PFL 4. He won the bout via unanimous decision.[23]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Valiev was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Jamall Emmers in a featherweight bout on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[24] However, Valiev was removed from the card two days before the event for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Vincent Cachero.[25]

Valiev was quickly rescheduled and expected to face fellow newcomer Mark Striegl on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15.[26] In turn, Striegl was removed from the fight on August 20 after testing positive for COVID-19 and replaced by Trevin Jones.[27] Valiev lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[28] On October 7, it was announced that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issued a four and a half month suspension for Trevin Jones, after he tested positive for marijuana in a drug test related to his fight. They also announced that Jones' victory was overturned to a no contest due to the violation. He was fined $1,800 and before he is relicensed in Las Vegas, Jones will also have to pay a prosecution fee of $145.36.[29]

Valiev was expected to face Julio Arce on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184.[30] However, Arce was removed from the event in late January due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Martin Day.[31] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Valiev faced Raoni Barcelos on June 26, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov.[33] Despite being knocked down twice in the second round, Valiev won the fight via majority decision.[34] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[35]

Valiev faced Jack Shore, replacing Umar Nurmagomedov, on March 19, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 204.[36] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

On June 23, 2022, it was announced that Valiev was no longer on the UFC roster.[38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit


  • International Pankration federation
    • World Champion.
    • European Champion.
    • World Cup - 3rd.


  • Russian Grappling Federation
    • Russian Open winner.[39]


  • Russian Kudo Federation
    • Dagestan Championship - winner.[6]

Hand-to-hand combatEdit

  • Russian HTH Federation
    • Dagestan Open - winner.[6]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 18 wins 3 losses
By knockout 5 0
By submission 2 0
By decision 11 3
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–3 (1) Jack Shore Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall March 19, 2022 3 5:00 London, England
Win 18–2 (1) Raoni Barcelos Decision (majority) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov June 26, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Bantamweight. Fight of the Night.
Win 17–2 (1) Martin Day Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 16–2 (1) Trevin Jones NC (overturned) UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar August 22, 2020 2 1:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout. Originally a TKO (punches) win for Jones; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Win 16–2 Taigro Costa Decision (unanimous) Gorilla Fighting 22 December 13, 2019 3 5:00 Krasnodar, Russia
Win 15–2 Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr. TKO (punches) Gorilla Fighting 14 July 13, 2019 1 3:58 Kaspiysk, Russia
Win 14–2 Bekbulat Magomedov Decision (unanimous) PFL 4 July 19, 2018 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 13–2 Max Coga Decision (unanimous) PFL 1 June 7, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Return to Featherweight.
Win 12–2 Josenaldo Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL: Fight Night November 2, 2017 3 2:12 Washington, D.C., United States
Win 11–2 Chris Gutiérrez Decision (unanimous) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 10–2 Chris Gutiérrez Decision (split) WSOF 28 February 2, 2016 3 5:00 Garden Grove, California, United States
Win 10–1 Tito Jones Decision (unanimous) WSOF 23 September 18, 2015 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 9–1 Ed West TKO (elbows and punches) WSOF 19 March 28, 2015 1 1:39 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 8–1 Isaiah Chapman Decision (unanimous) WSOF 13 September 13, 2014 3 5:00 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–1 Adam Acquaviva TKO (flying knee) WSOF 10 June 21, 2014 3 1:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 6–1 Bruno Marques Decision (unanimous) Battle of Stars 2 June 16, 2012 3 5:00 Makhachkala, Russia
Win 5–1 Oleg Borisov Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights Global: Battle of Moscow 8 November 3, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Featherweight debut.
Win 4–1 Algiz Vakhitov TKO (punches) Colosseum Battles Champions October 21, 2012 1 1:34 Ufa, Russia
Win 3–1 Evgeniy Lazukov TKO (punches) Dictator Fighting Championship 1 June 28, 2012 1 4:36 Moscow, Russia
Win 2–1 Fernando Cosenday Decision (unanimous) Top Fight: Battle of the Gyms February 25, 2012 2 5:00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 1–1 Gadzhimurad Gasanov Submission (armbar) Urkarakh Fights July 22, 2011 1 4:28 Urkarakh, Russia
Loss 0–1 Olle Raberg Decision (unanimous) World Ultimate Full Contact 16 September 4, 2010 1 10:00 Viseu, Portugal Bantamweight debut.

See alsoEdit


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