10 Bantamweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2020


Timur “The Lucky” Valiev

29 | 5’6″ | Moscow, Russia | 16-2 | 7 Finishes | 5 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions (RNC, Armbar) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 154-41-2 | Best Win – Chris Gutierrez (9-0-1)

Aside from competing in Freestyle Wrestling, BJJ, Grappling, and Kickboxing, Timur Valiev is a three-time Russian style Unifight champion, as well as a Russian Pankration Champion, European Pankration Champion, and a Dagestan/New Jersey Grappling Champion. His accolades speak for themselves. The Jackson-Wink MMA product is a top prospect to watch for who is long overdue for that UFC contract.

Valiev is a well-rounded athlete who is on an impressive six-fight win streak. On the feet, he has solid kickboxing and throws combinations with his hands and legs together fluidly. As good as he is on the feet, Valiev is an excellent wrestler with solid top position all around. To top it off he has exceptional cardio fighting at the same pace the duration of the fight.


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