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Blagoy Ivanov

Heavyweight Division

19-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Blagoy Ivanov

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Learn more about Blagoy Ivanov's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

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Place of Birth
Sofia, Bulgaria
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jul. 22, 2024
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2007

  • Has won eight of his last 12

  • Six wins by KO, six by submission (3 Guillotine, keylock, 2 RNC)

  • Eight first round finishes

  • 2008 bout with Ilir Latifi was ruled a no contest when the ring broke

  • Defeated PRIDE star Kazuyuki Fujita in 2009

  • Defeated Fedor Emelianenko in semifinals of the 2008 World Sambo Championships

  • Owns wins over former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez and UFC vets Lavar Johnson, Josh Copeland and Shawn Jordan

UFC Fight Night (2/4/23) Ivanov lost a three round unanimous decision to Marcin Tybura 

UFC 274 (5/7/22) Ivanov won a three round unanimous decision over Marcos Rogerio de Lima

UFC on ESPN (5/30/20) Ivanov lost a three round split decision to Augusto Sakai

UFC 244 (11/2/19) Ivanov lost a three round split decision to Derrick Lewis

UFC 238 (6/8/19) Ivanov won a three round unanimous decision over Tai Tuivasa

UFC Fight Night (3/9/19) Ivanov won a three round unanimous decision over Ben Rothwell

UFC Fight Night (7/14/18) Ivanov lost a five-round unanimous decision to Junior Dos Santos

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I beat Fedor in 2008, then I started doing MMA more professionally. I fought before that, but in small events.

What ranks and titles have you held? Gold medalist in 2008 World Sambo Championships, Bronze medal in 2006 World Sambo Championships, European champion in Sambo in 2007, former World Series of Fighting heavyweight champion, national champion in judo and member of Bulgaria’s national and Olympic judo team

Do you have any heroes? My father

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s good because all the best fighters in the world are fighting here.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to the National Sports Academy.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was on the national judo team

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in judo, International Master of Sports in Sambo