Blagoy Ivanov
Next bout on tap
HeavyweightUFC
March 22, 2019
Ivanov will meet Tai Tuivasa at UFC 238 on June 9, Nick Walshaw of The Daily Telegraph reports.
ANALYSIS
The 32-year-old Bulgarian has lost just twice over 19 professional matches, one by submission back at Bellator 120 to Alexander Volkov and the other by unanimous decision last summer at UFC Fight Night 133 to Junior dos Santos. His upcoming opponent has lost just once over nine fights, and that one loss also came at the hands of Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 142.
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Decisions Ben Rothwell for first UFC victory
HeavyweightUFC
March 9, 2019
Ivanov defeated Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
ANALYSIS
Appearing to be about half of Rothwell's size, Ivanov's heart and determination were on full display once again. He handled the pressure of his big, burly opponent well and ended up with a 73-70 edge in total strikes landed. It was truly a fight that could have gone either way and Ivanov got the judge's decision. Standing just 5-foot-11, Ivanov, a former WSOF Heavyweight Champion, gives up a ton of size to most everyone he faces. The fact he remains competitive every single time out shows how good of a fighter he truly is. Ivanov is in the UFC win column after dropping a decision to Junior Dos Santos in his company debut in July.
To take on Ben Rothwell
HeavyweightUFC
January 8, 2019
Ivanov will face Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight bout at UFC Wichita on March 9.
ANALYSIS
The Bulgarian had a 16-1 record prior to joining the UFC but is still looking for his first win after falling to Junior dos Santos by unanimous decision in his UFC debut back in July. His opponent, Rothwell, also lost to dos Santos in his most recent fight, though that came back in April of 2016. He's been away from competition since then while serving a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping agency for a failed drug test.
Drops decision to Junior dos Santos in UFC debut Saturday
HeavyweightUFC
July 14, 2018
Ivanov lost to Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
While Ivanov came up short in his UFC debut, he showed more than enough to be taken seriously moving forward. The former WSOF Heavyweight Champion was able to handle everything JDS threw at him and land plenty of shots of his own. Anyone familiar with Ivanov's backstory (if you aren't, look it up) knows how tough he is and he showed that in this one. The 31-year-old provides some much needed fresh blood in the UFC's heavyweight division and by going five rounds with a former champion, Ivanov proved he can hang with one of the world's best. Brighter days are ahead for the Bulgarian.
Enticing UFC debut ahead
HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2018
Ivanov and Junior dos Santos are scheduled for a heavyweight fight at UFC Boise on July 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ivanov will be making his UFC debut after winning and defending the Professional Fighters League (formerly WSOF) heavyweight title. While offhand dos Santos seems like a big step up in terms of competition, dos Santos will actually be coming into Boise with a record of 3-4 over his last seven bouts.
Edges Caio Alencar in the main event of PFL Fight Night
HeavyweightUFC
November 2, 2017
Ivanov defeated Caio Alencar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at PFL Fight Night on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
ANALYSIS
Ivanov came into this fight with an edge in high-level experience. After a close first round, that edge seemed to play a large factor. Ivanov began to pick his spots and score with spurts of punches while Alencar circled away. In the final round, Ivanov took advantage of a visibly exhausted Alencar and continued to press forward with punches. The former WSOF heavyweight champion is clearly one of the better heavyweights fighting outside of Bellator and UFC. This victory improved his professional record to 16-1, 1NC.