UFC Fight Night 133 is looming on the horizon, and as it approaches, so too does the opportunity to see former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos fight again. But standing across the Octagon from him will be a noteworthy fighter in the form of Bulgarian badass Blagoy Ivanov. How badass is Ivanov?
Here are the facts:
- Prior to taking the MMA plunge, Ivanov beat Fedor Emelianenko in a sambo competition.
- Ivanov kicked some serious butt in his run in Bellator, losing only to Alexander Volkov. But that was after…
- …Ivanov had to deal with nearly dying via knife wound in a bar fight. He was so close to death at one point that doctors were forced to put him in a medically-induced coma.
- After Bellator, Ivanov cleaned house in the World Series of Fighting, eventually becoming their heavyweight champ.
So, sure, JDS is a heavy-handed striker capable of doing this:
But Ivanov is pretty tough, too. The mere fact that his UFC debut has him main eventing opposite Dos Santos speaks volumes.