PFL featherweight Timur Valiev is close to ink a deal with UFC: "I’m just training, waiting for news from my managers"
PFL featherweight Timur Valiev (14-2) said that at the moment he is very close to signing a contract with the UFC. The Russian had the opportunity to make his debut in the biggest league of the world on short notice on January 19 in a fight against Cory Sandhagen, but this did not happen because of the US visa issues.
“Now I’m just training, waiting for news from the managers. In fact, I was offered on January 19 [UFC on ESPN+] to replace injured John Lineker and fight with Cory Sandhagen.
I agreed, I began to cut weight. Then they called me and said that they would not have time to change the employer from PFL to Zuffa in my US visa. I had to postpone. But the fact that they were interested in me, gave motivation,"
Timur Valiev, 29 years old, like many other Russians aims to get his place at the rumored UFC Russia event which is about to take place on April 20th in Saint Petersburg.
"I would like to perform at a tournament in Russia (UFC Saint Petersburg on April 20th). Last time I fought there in 2013. I miss my country, I want to perform at home and remind myself to the Russian public. I hope this option will appear. I know there is an audience in Russia that supports me. People will be interested in me in Saint Petersburg - there is also a large Dagestan diaspora - and just a lot of MMA fans in general. I am counting on good news,“ - said Timur.
It is worth to note that in the PFL promotion, Timur Valiev performed in the featherweight category due to the absence of the bantamweight division. However, in the future, the Dagestani athlete intends to return to a more comfortable category for him which is up to 135-pounds.