Feb 27, 2012 - Blagoi Ivanov, an undefeated Bellator heavyweight, is
reportedly clinging to life at Pirogov Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria after being
stabbed in the heart in a Sunday morning barroom brawl.
According to Bulgaria's Sofia News Agency, the fighter remains in critical
condition on artificial life support.
Ivanov and two friends were allegedly attacked by eight individuals armed
with bats and knives immediately after arriving to a bar on Graf Ignatiev
Street. Police arrived at 5:10 a.m. to discover the assailants missing and a
deep stab wound under Ivanov's armpit that was later found to have pierced his
The three victims were rushed to Pirogov Hospital, where surgeons reportedly
carried out a life-saving operation on Ivanov. Despite the procedure, doctors
maintain that the 25-year-old's life is still "under a real threat."
Ivanov's two friends were treated for light wounds and bruises and have since
been released from the hospital.
Police are currently investigating the attack. According to reports, the same
bar was also the scene of a recent shooting.
Ivanov (6-0, 1 NC) is perhaps best known for being the man to dethrone Fedor Emelianenko in the 2008 Combat Sambo World
Championships finals. After rolling to a 3-0 record to kick off his professional
mixed martial arts career, "Baga" inked a deal with Bellator
Fighting Championships, where he promptly finished William Penn and Zak Jensen to advance to the semi-finals of Season 5's
However, Ivanov would ultimately withdraw from a Bellator 56 bout against Thiago Santos due to an injury sustained in training. He
then fought against former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, earning a third-round TKO victory last