#PFLFightNight: Timur Valiev Plans To ‘Dominate Every Second’ of Josenaldo Silva Fight

When Timur Valiev steps back into the Decagon at PFL: Fight Night Nov. 2 to face Josenaldo Silva, it will be his first professional mixed martial arts outing in close to a year. The tenacious bantamweight was only inches away from glory back in March when he was slotted to face fellow Russian Bekbulat Magomedov in a 135 lb. title fight at WSOF35. Unfortunately, only a mere week removed from his clash for gold, Valiev suffered an injury in training that would force him to walk away from the opportunity.

“I was sparring and I fell on my elbow. I wanted to wait, but doctors told me that I needed three months to recover from the injury,” said Valiev. “Difficulties only make me stronger and right now I’m hungry and more motivated [than ever].”

In the interim, the 27-year-old travelled back to his homeland to heal, recoup and continue training despite the hindrance his injury presented him. Staying in shape, continuing to learn and train is an important part of daily life for the Russian because for Valiev, injury shouldn’t hinder his quest for improvement.

“I never take a break,” said Valiev. “I always work to improve myself and although I had my arm injured I still had healthy legs and another arm! I also was helping other guys with training. [I am] always training, working and improving.”

Over the course of his 7-year professional career, Valiev has traversed the MMA landscape from camp to camp including Jackson Wink in New Mexico. In his preparations for Silva, Valiev began training in the mountains of Dagestan with his team DagFighters and is now fine-tuning with long-time coach Mark Henry who is also an important figure for other great fighters like Marlon Moraes, Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar. When he faces Silva, he vows to attain utter supremacy in his return to the cage.

“I will try to dominate every second of this fight and I will be looking for the finish,” said Valiev. [Josenaldo Silva’s] background is in striking and mine is as well. We will see who’s better.”

The Nov. 2 event will hail from the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. and will round out the PFL’s 2017 schedule. The remaining two bouts will be announced at a later date. The show will be streamed live at ProfessionalFightersLeague.com, Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, via the FITE TV app and on the Hangtime App.