The Bellator Fighting Championship promotion continues to lock down talent from abroad as today they announced the signing of undefeated Russian lightweight Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy. Sarnavskiy (20-0) is undefeated with 17 finishes to his credit with 11 wins via submission and six wins via TKO/KO.
Sarnavskiy is a training partner of current Bellator middleweight Alexander Shlemenko who recently competed for the title but came up short. Here Sarnavskiy talks about what it means to sign with the Bellator promotion:
“Alexander Shlemenko has put a high standard of Russian dominance in Bellator by winning two middleweight tournaments,” Sarnavskiy said. “Now 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.”
Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on the signing:
“Russia’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,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He is an incredibly explosive and dynamic Mixed Martial Artist who should be a force here at Bellator.”
Sarnavskiy is thought to be one of the best lightweight prospects in the world and has a wealth of experience even though he just started competing professionally in 2008. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com) as more details about his debut become available.