Bellatorâ€™s season seven lightweight tournament just got its #1 seed, as Bellator Fighting Championships has signed undefeated lightweight Alexander â€śTigerâ€ť Sarnavskiy.
Only 23, â€śTigerâ€ť brings a spotless 20-0 record into Bellator, including 17 finishes. Training under Bellator middleweight world title challenger Alexander â€śStormâ€ť Shlemenko, Sarnavskiy is looking to continue the tradition of Russian excellence inside the Bellator cage.
â€śAlexander Shlemenko has put a high standard of Russian dominance in Bellator by winning two middleweight tournaments,â€ť Sarnavskiy said. â€śNow my teammate Andrey Koreshkov fights for Bellator as well and he recently won two fights by spectacular KO's.
â€śVitaly 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€ť
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€śThe Bellator Tournament will be a difficult test for me,â€ť Sarnavskiy said. â€śI 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€ť
â€śRussiaâ€™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€ť said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€śHe is an incredibly explosive and dynamic Mixed Martial Artist who should be a force here at Bellator.â€ť
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