One of the best bantamweight fighters outside of the UFC is no longer waiting for his turn in the Octagon. Former WSOF/PFL 135-pound standout Timur Valiev (18-2) has signed with the promotion and will meet Jamal Emmers at the their August 1st show in UFC Apex in Vegas.
The news comes via MMA Junkie.
The 30-year-old Dagestani fighter currently trains with high-level fighters such as Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez, and Zabit Magomedsharipov in New Jersey, and has been on the radar of fight fans for a while. He went 8-1 in WSOF and the PFL, avenging his only split-decision loss to Chris Gutierrez by taking his own decision victory in their next bout. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak overall, with his last fight and win coming way back in July 2018.
Emmers (17-5) dropped his only UFC fight to date, via split decision to Giga Chikadze in March.
The UFC’s August 1st show will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight fight between former champ Holly Holm and Irene Aldana.