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Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov suffers serious injury in club stabbing

Blagoi Ivanov, a former Combat Sambo world champion, has suffered life-threatening injuries after a stabbing at a nightclub in Bulgaria over the weekend.

Ivanov is currently signed to Bellator’s heavyweight roster, having won his first two fights with the promotion.

The Sofia News Agency reported that Ivanov and two of his friends were attacked by eight people carrying bats and knives at a club late at night. Ivanov suffered a deep knife wound to his chest that reached his heart, forcing him into surgery. Doctors performed the needed-operation but he remains under intense care.

In 2008, Ivanov defeated Fedor Emelianenko in a Sambo match, helping elevate his name in the world of MMA. This past December he toppled Ricco Rodriguez via TKO to improve his overall record to 6-0.

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

6 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    Damn.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Wasn’t Ricco supposed to retire if he lost the fight before last?

    He should have.

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  • Guthookd says:

    I hope that the attack was unprovoked and he makes a complete and speedy recovery.

    Hopefully he didn’t just punk one of those guys last weekend, because if he did, this is a tough way to learn the lesson that a big bad fighter is just a pile of meat like everyone else once they’re stabbed.

    Some big bad fucktard just kicked some guys ass firmly in a bar in my town a month ago or so (knocked all his teeth out after he was out cold even); that guy got 4 bulletts to teh chest about a week later from the guy who’s teeth he knocked out, who incidentally was a much smaller person.

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  • Guthookd says:

    oah yeah…his girlfriend got the other two.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I don’t have any respect for people who fight non-professionally. It’s a great way to get killed. There have been at least two fist-fights in my neighbourhood — at bars, obviously — that ended with a guy KO’ed, bashing his head on the cement, and dying.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    thing is Faust, a lot of the older heads into this sport got into it back in the day because we liked fighting, where ever.
    now i try to keep myself to myself plus i can train a bunch of different ways to let off steam, but, i originally got into MMA cos of guys like Tank Abbot and all the other thugs in the early UFC’s.
    uncontrolled fighting is dumb, but some people live for it. I don’t anymore, but i sure used to

    more importantly Ivanov is a massive prospect, he should have been fighting Santos in the BFC final.
    i wish him all the best cos the guy is an animal, and i wanna see him fight again and improve

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