Umar Nurmagomedov has officially backed out of his March 19 bout against Jack Shore. First reported by Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA, Timur Valiev will be stepping in to face Shore.
Nurmagomedov Out, Timur Valiev In vs. Jack Shore in March
Timur Valiev (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has agreed to fill in as Nurmagomedov’s replacement for the bantamweight affair. Riding a nine-fight win streak dating back to 2016, Valiev will look to remain undefeated in the UFC.
Valiev initially lost his UFC debut against Trevin Jones in August 2020, but the bout was overturned and deemed a no-contest after Jones tested positive for marijuana. Since then, Valiev has earned two decision victories in 2021 against Martin Day and Raoni Barcelos.
Jack Shore (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) looks to keep his undefeated record intact when he steps into the Octagon in March. In his most recent bout, Shore earned a decision victory against Luidvik Sholinian. Sholinian stepped into that bout on short notice, taking the place of Said Nurmagomedov.
Shore is a former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion. In four UFC bouts, the Welsh fighter has earned two submissions and two decisions.
No official location or venue has been announced for the March 19 event. The updated lineup of scheduled bouts include:
- Tom Aspinall vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
- Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev
- Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy
- Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jake Hadley
- Luana Carolina vs. Molly McCann
Card subject to change.
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