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Bellator’s Blagoi Ivanov Stabbed In Bulgaria

Blagoi Ivanov, who has went 2-0 with Bellator, is currently fighting to survive after a stab wound following an incident in Bulgaria Sunday morning. Ivanov is a former world champion in Combat Sambo, having defeated Fedor Emelianenko in the finals in 2008.

Ivanov, in a report by The Sofia News Agency, sustained a deep knife wound to his chest that reached his heart and is on artificial respiration in the intensive care unit in Sofia, Bulgaria. Surgery was performed, but Ivanov is still under intense care.

While partying with two friends, eight people with bats and knives entered a bar and attacked Ivanov and his friends. Ivanov last competed on Christmas Eve in Russia, defeating Ricco Rodriguez by TKO.