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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.