Blagoy Ivanov



Falls to 1-3 in past four fights
February 5, 2023
Ivanov lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Ivanov was far from overwhelmed, which is the case virtually every single time he steps into the Octagon, but he simply wasn't able to generate enough consistent offense in order to win a decision. Ivanov is primarily a striker, and landing 34 total strikes over the course of a 15-minute bout simply isn't going to get the job done. Ivanov's 1-3 record in his last four fights dating back to November 2019 is ugly, but two of those losses came via split decision. He's also developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the toughest men in the sport. Ivanov has enough going for him that he's worth keeping around at age 36, but the days of him competing with the best the heavyweight division has to offer have come and gone.
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Taking on Tybura
December 21, 2022
Ivanov will face Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight fight Feb. 4 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Ivanov faces a size disadvantage, standing four inches shorter than Tybura, while also having a reach that is five inches shorter. Both fighters enter the Octagon having won their last bout, though Ivanov has won two of his last four fights. Tybura is the winner of three of his last four fights. Ivanov sports a 77.0 percent takedown defense, which he will need to employ against Tybura, who averages 1.42 landed takedown attempts per 15 minutes.
Snaps brief losing streak
May 7, 2022
Ivanov defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 274 on Saturday in Phoenix.
Ivanov is literally one of the toughest men in the world, and he has a long history of emerging victorious in these close, grueling fights, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that he got the call in what was a true coin flip. Round 1 was seemingly the only sure thing, and that went in favor of Rogerio de Lima. Ivanov responded with a much better second frame before the two men fought to even terms in the third. If the fight was scored as a whole, the Brazilian likely would have won, but round-by-round, Ivanov had a shot. It was a massive win for Blagoy, as he entered on a two-fight losing streak and will be turning 36 years of age this coming October.
To return at UFC 274
February 1, 2022
Ivanov (undisclosed) will take on Marcos Rogerio de Lima (hand) in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 274 on May 7, Cole Shelton of reports.
This is an event already scheduled for two title fights, but now a pair of veteran heavyweights will set the table. Ivanov is coming off back-to-back split decision losses and has been sidelined over a year since pulling out of a February 2021 bout against Marcin Tybura. Rogerio de Lima, on the other hand, has won back-to-back fights, though he's been sidelined a while himself with a hand injury. Ivanov will be giving up two inches in height and reach to Rogerio de Lima, who also has a slight advantage in striking volume and takedown average. The biggest difference between the two has been caliber of competition, as de Lima has largely faced fringe heavyweights, while Ivanov has faced multiple title contenders.
Pulls out of Tybura fight
February 24, 2021
Ivanov has withdrawn from his scheduled heavyweight matchup against Marcin Tybura at UFC 260, Cole Shelton of reports.
This was a late addition to the pay-per-view card but one that will ultimately fall through. It's unclear what's afflicting the 34-year-old Ivanov, who will no longer get the chance to right the ship following back-to-back split-decision losses. With a month before the scheduled fight, it wouldn't be surprising to see the UFC look to get Tybura a new opponent.
Matched with Marcin Tybura
February 16, 2021
Ivanov will take on Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight fight at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The two fighters have been trending in opposite directions recently. Ivanov has lost two straight fights, falling to Derrick Lewis and Augusto Sakai, both by split decision. Tybura, on the other hand, is coming off four straight victories, most recently scoring a second-round TKO win against Greg Hardy in December.