20-0 Alexander Sanavsky Joins Bellator Fighting Championships
CHICAGO, Ill. (June 19, 2012) â€” Bellatorâ€™s Season Seven Lightweight Tournament just got its #1 seed, as Bellator Fighting Championships has signed undefeated lightweight Alexander â€œTigerâ€ Sarnavskiy. Only 23, â€œTigerâ€ brings a spotless 20-0 record into Bellator, including 17 finishes. Training under Bellator Middleweight World Title Challenger Alexander â€œStormâ€ Shlemenko, Sarnavskiy is looking to continue the tradition of Russian excellence inside the Bellator cage.
â€œAlexander Shlemenko has put a high standard of Russian dominance in Bellator by winning two middleweight tournaments,â€ Sarnavskiy said. â€œNow my teammate Andrey Koreshkov fights for Bellator as well and he recently won two fights by spectacular KO_s. Vitaly Minakov also just signed with Bellator, and I expect him to become Bellator_s next Heavyweight Champion. I want to follow in the footsteps of those men, and make Bellator proud.â€
Recently ranked as the worldâ€™s #1 prospect at 155 pounds Sarnavskiy has finished nine of his last 10 opponents, and has yet to face a battle he couldnâ€™t handle. Armed with a polished ground game and training under one of the best technical strikers in the sport, Sarnavskiy is prepared for the rigors heâ€™ll soon face by entering the next Bellator Lightweight Tournament.
â€œThe Bellator Tournament will be a difficult test for me,â€ Sarnavskiy said. â€œI will train and prepare myself the best I can. I have a huge responsibility to my coach, my manager, my fans and my country. I wonâ€™t disappoint them and I want to show them a spectacular performance.â€
â€œRussiaâ€™s produced some incredible athletes that have had tremendous success in our sport, and having watched Tiger fight for the last few years, I expect great things from him,â€ said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œHe is an incredibly explosive and dynamic Mixed Martial Artist who should be a force here at Bellator.â€
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