UFC Vegas 30: Timur Valiev beats Raoni Barcelos via. majority decision in a very close contest

After almost being finished in the second round, Valiev showed heart and came back strongly to earn the victory.

Timur Valiev vs Raoni Barcelos
Timur Valiev

The 4th fight in the main card of UFC Vegas 30 was a bantamweight bout between Raoni Barcelos and Timur Valiev. Both the fighters have an impressive record in their respective MMA careers. While Barcelos has a record of 16 wins and just one loss in his MMA career, Valiev has 17 wins and 2 losses to his name.

Raoni Barcelos is coming off a unanimous decision victory against Khalid Taha via. unanimous decision, and Timur Valiev last beat Martin Day via. unanimous decision, earlier this year.

Round 1:

Valiev began with a head kick attempt. Short jabs from Valiev followed after a while. They exchanged body kicks. Strong right hand from Valiev. Good left jab from Barcelos Strong leg kick from Valiev. They exchanged body kicks once again. Superman punch from Valiev. Barcelos landed a clean left hand. 10-9 Valiev

Raoni Barcelos almost finishes Timur Valiev

Round 2:

A slow start from both fighters in this round Barcelos’ head-movement looked too good. Towards the middle of the round, Valiev landed nice combo. Barcelos then connected with a short jab of his own. Just in the unexpected of moments, Valiev was caught off-guard and demolished by Barcelos’ flurry of punches. But Valiev saw off until the bell and saved himself. 10-9 Barcelos

Round 3:

They exchanged bombs at the beginning of the round. Valiev looked very aggressive. One-two landed from Valiev. They exchanged leg kicks. Takedown attempt from Valiev, but unsuccessful. Barcelos hit Valiev with a big left hand. A two-punch combo from Barcelos followed after a while. The fight goes the distance. 10-9

Winner: Timur Valiev def. Raoni Barcelos (via. Majority decision)

Also Read : Conor McGregor fastest knockout: What is The Irishman’s fastest KO and how many knockouts does he have

Also Read : “All respect but I thought he would fight anyone” – Khamzat Chimaev turned down a fight against Luke Rockhold