The UFC have announced the signing of former World Series Of Fighting heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov.
The 31-year-old Bulgarian has compiled a 16-1-1 record over the course of his 10-year career to date and had been fighting for the PFL – a reincarnation of the WSOF promotion prior to being snapped up by the UFC.
The 5ft 11″, 250lb Ivanov also had a lengthy stint in the Bellator promotion, where he would make it to the final of their Season 10 heavyweight grand-prix before suffering the only loss of his career to date by second round submission against another future UFC fighter, Alexander Volkov.
Following on from that Ivanov signed for World Series Of Fighting in 2015 and immediately won their heavyweight title, before going on to successfully defend it three more times, plus a further win as champion for the rebranded PFL outfit, taking his total winning streak at this moment in time to five fights.
Some of the notable fighters Ivanov has defeated during his career include Ricco Rodriguez, Shawn Jordan, Lavar Johnson and Kazuyuki Fujita.
There’s no word yet on who Ivanov will face in his UFC debut, but it’s believed he will step into the Octagon at some stage in the summer.