Blagoy Ivanov
Baga

Bulgaria

Min medical suspension
HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Drops tight one to Augusto Sakai
HeavyweightUFC
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
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
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.
Added to UFC 250 card
HeavyweightUFC
January 30, 2020
Ivanov will take on Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 250 on May 9, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ivanov's most recent fight ended in a loss to Derrick Lewis via split decision at UFC 244 in November which brought his record under the UFC banner to 2-2. Ivanov managed to hold his own against Lewis' striking while showcasing some grappling skills despite the loss. He'll have his hands full against Sakai, who most recently defeated Marcin Tybura via KO (punches) at UFC Vancouver in September. Sakai has won each of his first three fights with the promotion. Sakai carries advantages in both height and reach.
Drops tight one to Derrick Lewis
HeavyweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Ivanov lost to Derrick Lewis via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Considering what we just saw and what we have seen from him in the past, it's not a stretch to say that Ivanov may very well be the toughest man walking planet Earth today. In what was a back and forth affair, Ivanov somehow ate everything Lewis threw his way and somehow emerged victorious. Ivanov, as expected, got the worst of the striking exchanges between the two, but he got Lewis to the mat on multiple occasions and had him in one deep submission. Ivanov's athleticism won't overwhelm anyone and he doesn't possess the traditional one-punch knockout power that you see from many heavyweights, but he's a competent all-around fighter and his durability gives him a chance every single time he steps into the octagon. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Ivanov is yet to be stopped as a professional mixed martial artist.