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Bellator Heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov on Life Support Following Sunday Stabbing

Undefeated Heavyweight and Bellator veteran Blagoi Ivanov is reportedly clinging to life in a Bulgarian hospital after being stabbed in the heart early Sunday morning. The former Sambo champion was attending the after party of a boxing tournament when he and his two friends were attacked by a group of eight men carrying guns and knives. The reasoning behind this altercation has yet to be determined, but police have already made several arrests of those believed to be involved in the incident.

Although his friends were able to walk away from the incident with minor injuries, Ivanov was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital following the incident when it was determined that the knife blade, which entered through his armpit, had penetrated his heart. The six hour surgery that followed was successful, but the next 48 hours are critical in determining the fate of the 25 year old, according to inside sources.

Ivanov is perhaps best known for winning the 2008 World Sambo Championships, and specifically, beating none other than four time champ and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in the semis along the way. The Bulgarian made the transition to MMA shortly thereafter, and has gone 6-0 with 1 no contest in his MMA career thus far. Aside from scoring two victories inside the Bellator ring, TKO’ing William Penn in just under three minutes at Bellator 38 and choking out TUF 10 alum Zak Jensen back in October, Ivanov most recently dispatched former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez by way of TKO due to retirement on Christmas Eve.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ivanov and his family.

-J. Jones

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JoAnna- February 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm
May his strength and youth help him recover. At least they have arrests. Recover soon.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- February 28, 2012 at 8:32 am
Wow...that's tragic...looks like a promising young fighter....why can't pussies fight without weapons?
ArmFarmer- February 27, 2012 at 11:28 am
Agreed though, not the place to brag about your picks.
ArmFarmer- February 27, 2012 at 11:27 am
Besides, Ben didn't even dominate Frankie. Frankie actually should have won based purely on points and not on damage. The right fighter won in the end, but it wasn't really domination. If that upkick hadn't demolished his face who knows what woulda happened.
lenoz- February 27, 2012 at 8:39 am
@Fletch - that comment really grates me. F off to the correct article and show some respect for bad news. @Fried Taco - bang on. Hope Blagoi makes it through this and comes out on top.
Fried Taco- February 27, 2012 at 8:18 am
I hope he comes out okay, and is able to continue to fight. Has a promising career, does Blagoi.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 27, 2012 at 7:35 am
Looking back at my pics on here for Saturday's fights, I was pretty on. Called Tim to upset Boetch, however I did pick Kongo. Someone on here told me I was crazy, apparently so, ha.

Other than that though I knew Benson would dominate Edgar and I knew Rampage wouldn't do shit. Easy picks.