The black belt in judo and 2008 Combat Sambo world champion (beating Fedor Emelianenko in the semifinal) Blagoy Ivanov entered this fight with a pro mma record of 12-1-0 (83% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.28 heavyweight in the world. He lost to Alexander Volkov in 2014 (final of the Bellator Hw tournament – season ten – Volkov vs Ivanov), but he came back to win in 2015 beating Smealinho Rama in a fight valid for the Wsof Hw belt (=Rama vs Ivanov).
His opponent, Derrick Mehmen, has a record of 19-6-0 (68% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.41 in the same weight class. He also lost once last year, against Smealinho Rama (=Rama vs Mehmen), but then he has won over Brett Rogers in 2015. Ivanov vs Mehmen is valid for the WSOF heavyweight title (Ivanov’s first defense); undercard of Jon Fitch vs Yushin Okami – WSOF 24. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: WSOF 24: Fitch vs Okami
Where: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
Title: WSOF Heavyweight Championship
Ivanov’s previous fight: Smealinho Rama vs Blagoi Ivanov
Ivanov’s next fight: Blagoy Ivanov vs Josh Copeland
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