Valentin Igorevich Moldavsky (Russian: Валенти́н И́горевич Молда́вский; born 6 February 1992) is a Russian mixed martial artist and combat sambo practitioner. He is currently signed to Bellator MMA, where he is a former interim Bellator Heavyweight Champion. He is also a two-time world and one-time European Sambo Champion in the +100 kg division. As of March 14, 2023, he is #2 in the Bellator Heavyweight Rankings.
|Born||6 February 1992|
|Native name||Валентин Молдавский|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career Edit
Early career Edit
After going undefeated in amateur bouts, Moldavsky had his first professional fight was with Armenian Karen Karapetyan in Omsk on 21 February 2015, beating him with an armlock. Soon after, Moldavsky has been coached by Fedor Emelianenko and joined his Team Fedor.
Rizin Fighting Federation Edit
In 2016, Moldavsky entered the Rizin Openweight Grand-Prix. In the first round in September 2016, he defeated Karl Albrektsson by unanimous decision to advance. In the quarter-finals on 29 December 2016, he defeated Szymon Bajor by unanimous decision. Two days later, he suffered his first loss to Iranian Amir Aliakbari by decision.
Bellator MMA Edit
With heavyweight champion Ryan Bader moving on in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament, Moldavsky faced Timothy Johnson for the Bellator Interim Heavyweight World Championship at Bellator 261 on June 25, 2021. He won the bout and the title by unanimous decision.
Moldavsky faced Bellator Heavyweight World Champion Ryan Bader to unify the Heavyweight titles on January 29, 2022 at Bellator 273. He lost the bout via unanimous decision. 7 out of 11 media scores gave it to Moldavsky.
Moldavsky faced Steve Mowry at Bellator 284 on August 12, 2022. Less than a minute into the bout, Moldavsky accidentally eye poked Mowry, rendering him unable to continue, resulting in a no contest.
Championships and accomplishments Edit
Mixed martial arts record Edit
|16 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Win||12–3 (1)||Steve Mowry||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 298||August 11, 2023||3||5:00||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||Linton Vassell||KO (punches and elbows)||Bellator 292||10 March 2023||1||3:03||San Jose, California, United States|
|NC||11–2 (1)||Steve Mowry||No Contest (accidental eye poke)||Bellator 284||12 August 2022||1||0:54||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Ryan Bader||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 273||29 January 2022||5||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||For the Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||11–1||Timothy Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 261||25 June 2021||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Won the interim Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||10–1||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 244||21 August 2020||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||9–1||Javy Ayala||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 239||21 February 2020||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–1||Linton Vassell||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 218||22 March 2019||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||7–1||Ernest James||TKO (punches)||Bellator 202||13 July 2018||2||4:02||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–1||Carl Seumanutafa||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 181||14 July 2017||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Amir Aliakbari||Decision (split)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: Final Round||31 December 2016||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2016 Rizin Openweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals|
|Win||5–0||Szymon Bajor||Decision (unanimous)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round||29 December 2016||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2016 Rizin Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals|
|Win||4–0||Karl Albrektsson||Decision (unanimous)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round||25 September 2016||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2016 Rizin Openweight Grand-Prix First Round|
|Win||3–0||Daniel Doerrer||Submission (guillotine choke)||Fight Nights Global 50: Fedor vs. Maldonado||17 June 2016||1||0:47||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Yuta Uchida||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2015: Part 1 - Saraba||29 December 2015||1||2:20||Saitama, Japan||2015 Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix reserve bout|
|Win||1–0||Karen Karapetyan||Submission (armbar)||Professional Combat Sambo: Eurasian Economic Union||21 February 2015||1||1:26||Omsk, Russia|
See also Edit
- "Bellator Rankings". www.bellator.com. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
- Молдавский Валентин Игоревич
- Steve Juon (November 11, 2020). "Bellator heavyweight Valentine Moldavsky takes home the gold". mmamania.com.
- Fedor Team
- Schälander, Daniel (2016-09-25). "Albrektsson Loses by Decision in Rizin Grand Prix". Nordic MMA Everyday at MMA Viking. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
- "VIDEO Pogledajte tko je Amir Aliakbari, suparnik Cro Copa u finalu Rizina!". gol.dnevnik.hr. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
- Валентин Молдавский / Valentin Moldavsky
- Anderson, Jay (22 March 2019). "Bellator 218 Results: Valentin Moldavsky Outlasts Linton Vassell For Decision Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
- Nolan King (January 15, 2020). "Bellator 239 adds Tyrell Fortune vs. Timothy Johnson, Denise Kielholtz vs. Kristina Williams". mmajunkie.com.
- Mike Bohn (February 21, 2020). "Bellator 239 results: Valentin Moldavsky mauls Javy Ayala to pair of 30-24 scores". mmajunkie.com.
- "Bellator 244 Results: Bader vs. Nemkov". MMAFighting.com. August 21, 2020. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
- Heck, Mike (2021-05-07). "Tim Johnson vs. Valentin Moldavsky set for promotion's first interim heavyweight title fight at Bellator 261". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
- Mike Heck (June 25, 2021). "Bellator 261 results: Valentin Moldavsky outlasts game Timothy Johnson to capture interim heavyweight title". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
- "Ryan Bader to defend heavyweight title vs. Valentin Moldavsky at Bellator 273". MMA Junkie. 2021-12-13. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
- Anderson, Jay (2022-01-30). "Bellator 273: Ryan Bader Retains Heavyweight Title in Decision Against Valentin Moldavsky". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
- "Ryan Bader def. Valentin Moldavsky :: Bellator 273 :: MMA Decisions". www.mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
- "Bellator 284 lineup announced, including Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi headliner, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, more". MMA Junkie. 2022-06-15. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
- Porto, Chad (2022-08-12). "Disappointment is the only winner after Valentin Moldavsky and Steve Mowry no contest". FanSided. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
- King, Nolan (18 January 2023). "Bellator 292 adds return of Keri Taylor-Melendez, Valentin Moldavsky vs. Linton Vassell rematch". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
- Anderson, Jay (2023-03-10). "Bellator 292: Linton Vassell Gets Revenge on Moldavsky, Earns Number One Contender Status". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
- Anderson, Jay (2023-05-22). "Storley vs. Ward, Moldavsky vs. Mowry Among Fights Announced for Bellator 298". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-05-25.
- Anderson, Jay (2023-08-12). "Bellator 298: Blanketing Wrestling Pushes Valentin Moldavsky Past Steve Mowry". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-08-15.