One year ago, Victor Valimaki was flying high. Coming into the UFC with an impressive 8-2 record over some serious names (including Dan Severn, Vernon White, and Jason Day), it seemed like Victor was destined for great things. But with a split decision loss to David Heath and a downright embarrassing loss to Alessio Sakara, that destiny abruptly changed. Valimaki was sent back to the local leagues and his manger / MFC promoter Mark Pavelich fed him to the new upcoming guy, Roger Hollett. And with that loss, it seems like Pavelich is done with Victor too:
“He has an enormous amount of talent, but the problem with Victor always has been that he decides when he wants to train, and he decides when he wants to do things,” said the promoter. “I’ve lost that loving feeling, and that was prior to the fight with Roger Hollett (Pictures), so it’s not like I’m jumping off the bandwagon. He trained hard for this fight, but not like you would train to get ready for a title defense, especially against a caliber guy like Roger Hollett (Pictures).”
When asked about where Valimaki stands now with Pavelich’s Pro Camp Sports Management, he replied, “What’s his status? I don’t know. We’re going to sit down and revaluate stuff, but I really have zero interest anymore to have him in any training camps with us — I’m really disinterested.”
It always amazes me how fast the tide turns on guys who stop winning. Valimaki has lost twice in the UFC and once in the MFC and already Valimaki’s manager has basically turned his back on him. Who knows if there’s real substance to the stuff going on behind the scenes, but it still always suprises me how fast things change if you can’t keep hitting those wins consistantly.