Timur Valiev picked up the biggest win of his UFC career this past weekend, but he’s looking forward to his next fight, and has opted to call out “The Sugar Show.”
Russia’s Valiev became the first man to defeat Raoni Barcelos at UFC Vegas 30. It was not easy, as he was dropped in round two and looked like he end up finished. Valiev survived, however, showing significant heart, and went on to defeat the Brazilian via unanimous decision.
During his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, Valiev cut a promo saying to remember his name, and he took UFC President Dana White’s line “if you don’t know, now you know.”
“I’m here. Listen, guys, three fights in UFC, three different weight classes, who does that before? You know someone who has done that before, three first fights-three different weight classes, only me,” Valiev told Cormier in the octagon. “Remember this name. If you don’t know, now you know, guys.”
Timur Valiev wasn’t done making his presence known. During his post-fight interview with the media, he said he don’t want an easy path like Sean O’Malley and said he would finish him in under one round.
“I’m here. I don’t want to be like this O’Malley guy who talk a lot and fight with, like, easy opponent, you know. I don’t want to be like this. I want the hardest guy in the division. If you give me O’Malley, I finish him first round; I promise you guys. I take him down and finish him. I don’t want to play with these guys,” Valiev said.
“I don’t want to be like this O’Malley guy who talk a lot and fight with easy opponent. I don’t want to be like this. If you give me O’Malley, I finish him first round, I promise you.” – Timur Valiev
— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) June 27, 2021
O’Malley is currently booked for a fight at UFC 264, but the timing isn’t bad.