UFC Boise: After almost dying, Blagoy Ivanov knew he’d battle once more | MMA

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To start with of 2012, Blagoy Ivanov was one of many rising heavyweights in blended martial arts. He is gone unbeaten in eight fights, six of these wins coming by stoppage. Ivanov even beat the legendary Fedor Emelianenko on the World Sambo Championships in 2008. He had all of the makings of a future world champion in a serious group. However it nearly got here to an abrupt halt.

Ivanov and mates went out to a membership in Bulgaria to have a good time a gaggle of mates profitable a boxing match in Feb. 2012. A battle ensued between his group and one other group Ivanov stated have been on the lookout for some hassle. As he tried to interrupt it up, Ivanov obtained stabbed beneath his left armpit.

He instantly began shedding adequate quantities of blood and ended up passing out on the way in which to the hospital. Ivanov required 5 surgical procedures to restore the harm and the surgeons weren’t certain if he would make it. Then for 86 days, Ivanov laid in a medically-induced coma.

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Not solely did Ivanov (16-1, 1 no contest) survive the incident, however he got here again with a vengeance, profitable eight of his 9 fights. The exhausting work paid off, as he makes his UFC debut, taking over former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos in the principle occasion of Saturday’s UFC Boise.

“Initially, many of the medical doctors informed me I would not be capable of battle once more,” Ivanov informed Sporting Information. “However the very first thing I did after I awoke, I knew that I’d battle once more and are available again stronger bodily and mentally than I used to be earlier than.

“Bodily, it was very exhausting to get in one of the best form, however I began to getting stronger mentally and bodily day-after-day. I believe the accident actually made me stronger and made me extra wholesome. I used to be completely satisfied to have the ability to do even the small issues and also you don’t notice how completely satisfied you might be by doing the only of issues.”

Going by means of such a traumatic expertise would possibly make somebody wish to stay a standard life. Ivanov did not need that. He needed to proceed to do what he likes to do.

“I’ve competed all my life,” Ivanov stated. “I began competing at eight years previous. I’ve been doing this all my life and that is what I like to do.”

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Because the horrific incident, the 31-year-old has went on to have large success. He went on to turn out to be the World Sequence of Combating (now Skilled Battle League) heavyweight champion and made 4 profitable title defenses. These accomplishments led him to signing a UFC contract in April and being put in a excessive profile place for his Octagon debut.

“In my thoughts, this makes me very completely satisfied as a result of one of the best heavyweights are right here,” Ivanov stated. “I got here right here as a result of I wish to battle one of the best guys on the planet. I used to be very appreciative as a result of they offer some belief placing me in the principle occasion towards the most effective guys within the UFC. It exhibits that they respect me. I’m glad I’m going to battle him and I consider I’m going to beat him.”



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