Blagoy Ivanov
Baga

Bulgaria

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/1/2021
Pulls out of Tybura fight
HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 24, 2021
Ivanov has withdrawn from his scheduled heavyweight matchup against Marcin Tybura at UFC 260, Cole Shelton of MyMMANews.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This was a late addition to the pay-per-view card but one that will ultimately fall through. It's unclear what's afflicting the 34-year-old Ivanov, who will no longer get the chance to right the ship following back-to-back split-decision losses. With a month before the scheduled fight, it wouldn't be surprising to see the UFC look to get Tybura a new opponent.
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Matched with Marcin Tybura
HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 16, 2021
Ivanov will take on Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight fight at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters have been trending in opposite directions recently. Ivanov has lost two straight fights, falling to Derrick Lewis and Augusto Sakai, both by split decision. Tybura, on the other hand, is coming off four straight victories, most recently scoring a second-round TKO win against Greg Hardy in December.
Min medical suspension
HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 1, 2020
Ivanov faces a minimum medical suspension after his split decision lost to Augusto Sakai last Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ivanov and Sakai will both be hit with a fight suspension until June 30 and must not have contact until June 21.
Drops tight one to Augusto Sakai
HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 30, 2020
Ivanov lost to Augusto Sakai via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a typical Ivanov fight in the sense than both men spent the entirety of the bout throwing bombs at each other. Ivanov looked reasonably strong but the judges appeared to get this one correct. One of the shortest heavyweights on the roster at just 5-foot-11, Ivanov had difficulty getting inside with regularity against Sakai. He landed his fair share of power shots but most came from the outside and he rarely landed two in a row. He even looked to be in good position for a takedown at one point, but his opponent got away with a fence grab that could have very well played into the final outcome. Ivanov had all sorts of trouble with Sakai's kicks, but since he is arguably the toughest man on the face of the earth, Ivanov once again saw the final bell without issue. Ivanov's durability is by far his most important athlete. He's not a great athlete and doesn't possesses the one-punch knockout power you see from many heavyweights. Saturday's loss aside, Ivanov is a treat to watch and the 33-year-old should be back in short order.
Heavyweight matchup re-booked
HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 21, 2020
Ivanov is in line to take on Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight matchup scheduled for May 30 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This was a matchup originally scheduled for the pay-per-view portion of UFC 250 on May 9, but visa issues prevented Sakai from making the trip. He's apparently since addressed those problems, as Combate reported that the bout was to be rescheduled for May 23. That event was ultimately without a location and only recently moved to Las Vegas, but the assumption is that this heavyweight bout will still take place. Ivanov opened as a betting favorite of roughly (-140) for this matchup, but the tables have turned since. He's listed as a slight underdog of (+100) as of Thursday morning.
UFC 250 fight scrapped
HeavyweightUFC
Out
April 9, 2020
Ivanov will no longer face Augusto Sakai at UFC 250 on May 9, as visa issues have forced Sakai to withdraw from the card, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear at this time where exactly Ivanov is located, or whether he'll be available for another matchup at a new, undisclosed location. The matchup was originally scheduled to take place in Brazil, but was forced to move locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.