January 17, 1989 |
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Hand-to-hand combat|
|Fighting out of||Omsk, Russia|
|Team||RusFighters Sport Club
Reign Training Center
BJ Penn's MMA
|Rank||Master of Sport in HTHC|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Alexander Sarnavskiy (born January 17, 1989) is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Sarnavskiy has mostly competed in his native Russia, where he is an M-1 Global veteran and lightweight division in the Bellator Fighting Championships. Alexander is currently ranked as the #2 lightweight in Europe.
Mixed martial arts career
Sarnavskiy trains at RusFighters Sport Club, which is also home to Bellator season three middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. Like Shlemenko, Sarnavskiy shows a tendency to prefer the striking aspect of fighting, though he is regarded as skilled on the ground too, as evidenced by his opening two victories coming via triangle choke.
After compiling a record of 8-0 (3 submission, 4 KO/TKOs), Sarnavskiy joined M-1 Global to enter their selection tournament. His opening round fight was against Maxim Kuptsov. Midway through the first round, Sarnavskiy caught his opponent in a body triangle and peppered him with punches from behind. He soon went for a rear naked choke, which forced the tapout from Kuptsov.
Sarnavskiy then faced Karen Grigoryan in the next round, defeating him by split decision, advancing him to the final.
Following the win over Grigoryan, Sherdog ranked him as the number one undefeated European prospect in the sport. Around the same time, Sarnavskiy was scheduled to face Artiom Damkovsky at the M-1 Eastern European Finals. The bout was cancelled however and Damkovsky faced a replacement opponent in the final.
Appearing at M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner, Sarnavskiy faced Victor Kuku. Immediately, Sarnavskiy went after Kuku and went for a flying knee. Sarnavskiy's spinning back fist knocked Kuku down, before he hit Kuku with a barrage of punches to claim the knockout win.
Sarnavskiy made his U.S. MMA debut in Norfolk, Virginia on March 25, 2011 on the televised portion of M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa. He faced late replacement Beau Baker and won the fight via submission in the second round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Sarnavskiy entered as a participant in the Bellator season seven lightweight tournament. In the opening round, he faced Rich Clementi on October 19, 2012 at Bellator 77. He lost the fight via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–26).
Sarnavskiy defeated Tony Hervey on November 30, 2012 at Bellator 82 via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
In 2013, Sarnavskiy entered as a participant in the Bellator Season 8 Lightweight tournament. He faced Brazilian Kickboxer Thiago Michel in the quarter finals on January 31, 2013 at Bellator 87 and won via submission in the second round.
Sarnavskiy was originally scheduled to face David Rickels in the semifinals. However, Sarnavskiy fractured his hand during his first fight and had to withdraw from the tournament.
In the fall of 2013, Sarnavskiy entered the next Lightweight tournament. He faced Marcus Davis on September 27, 2013 at Bellator 101 in the Quarterfinals of Bellator's Season Nine Lightweight Tournament. After knocking Davis down with a punch, he took his back and eventually won via a rear naked choke submission.
Sarnavskiy faced Ricardo Tirloni in the semifinals and won via triangle choke in the first round.
Sarnavskiy faced Will Brooks in the finals and lost via unanimous decision.
After nearly a year away from the Bellator cage, Sarnavskiy was expected to face John Gunderson on October 10, 2014 at Bellator 128. However, Gunderson withdrew from the bout and retired from MMA fighting. Derek Campos stepped in as a replacement. An injury forced Campos out of the fight, Sarnavskiy eventually faced promotional newcomer Dakota Cochrane. He won the fight by submission in the first round.
Championships and Accomplishments
- M-1 Global
- М-1 Selection Eastern Europe Championship 2010.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||30 wins||2 losses|
|Win||30–2||Artak Nazaryan||KO (flying knee)||FEFoMP: Cup of Friendship||November 8, 2014||1||4:09||Novosibirsk, Russia|
|Win||29–2||Dakota Cochrane||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 128||October 10, 2014||1||2:32||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||160 lb. catchweight bout.|
|Win||28–2||Drew Brokenshire||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Plotforma S-70 5||August 9, 2014||2||4:08||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||27–2||Yukinari Tamura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ural Fight League - Resurrection||May 24, 2014||3||4:54||Ekaterinburg, Russia|
|Win||26–2||Alexander Butenko||Decision (unanimous)||Union of Veterans of Sport - Cup of Champions||December 21, 2013||3||5:00||Novosibirsk, Russia|
|Loss||25–2||Will Brooks||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 109||November 22, 2013||3||5:00||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States||Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Final|
|Win||25–1||Ricardo Tirloni||Submission (triangle choke)||Bellator 105||October 25, 2013||1||1:08||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||24–1||Marcus Davis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 101||September 27, 2013||1||1:40||Portland, Oregon, United States||Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||23–1||Atchin Chaoshen Ne||Submission (armbar)||FEFoMP: Mayor Cup 2013||May 25, 2013||1||1:35||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Win||22–1||Thiago Michel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 87||January 31, 2013||2||3:43||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States||Bellator Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||21–1||Tony Hervey||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 82||November 30, 2012||3||5:00||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||20–1||Rich Clementi||Decision (split)||Bellator 77||October 19, 2012||3||5:00||Reading, Pennsylvania, United States||Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||20–0||Maykel Becerra||KO (knee)||FEFoMP: Mayor Cup 2012||May 26, 2012||1||1:24||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Win||19–0||Len Bentley||Submission (triangle choke)||Saturn: Martial Arts Festival||February 11, 2012||1||1:50||Omsk, Russia|
|Win||18–0||Sergio Cortez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge XXX: Zavurov vs. Enomoto II||December 9, 2011||1||1:46||Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Win||17–0||Thomas Deak||Decision (unanimous)||Union of Veterans of Sport: Russia vs. Europe||November 19, 2011||2||5:00||Novosibirsk, Russia|
|Win||16–0||Marcio Cesar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||League S-70: Russia vs. Brazil||August 5, 2011||1||1:04||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||15–0||Doug Evans||Submission (triangle choke)||FEFoMP: Mayor's Cup 2011||May 7, 2011||1||2:40||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Win||14–0||Beau Baker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge XXIV: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa||March 25, 2011||2||2:32||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Win||13–0||Arsen Ubaidulaev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge XXII: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||1||0:43||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||12–0||Victor Kuku||KO (spinning back fist and punches)||M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner||October 28, 2010||1||0:13||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||11–0||Aleksey Ershik||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FEFoMP: Open Championship of Vladivostok||October 23, 2010||1||0:30||Vladivostok, Russia|
|Win||10–0||Karen Grigoryan||Decision (split)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 3||May 28, 2010||3||5:00||Kiev, Ukraine||M-1 Eastern European Championship Semi-Final.|
|Win||9–0||Maxim Kuptsov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 1||February 26, 2010||1||4:03||Saint Petersburg, Russia||M-1 Eastern European Championship Quarterfinals.|
|Win||8–0||Mamour Fall||Submission (triangle choke)||Saturn & RusFighters: Battle of Gladiators||February 13, 2010||2||1:50||Omsk, Russia||World Championship Final.|
|Win||7–0||Timur Daurenuly||KO (punches)||Saturn & RusFighters: Battle of Gladiators||February 13, 2010||1||0:35||Omsk, Russia||World Championship Semi-Final.|
|Win||6–0||Maratbek Kalabekov||Decision (split)||ProFC: Union Nation Cup 4||December 19, 2009||3||3:00||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Vladimir Simonyan||KO (punches)||ProFC: Union Nation Cup 3||October 30, 2009||1||0:17||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Kardash Fatakhov||TKO (punches)||Siberian League: Tomsk Challenge||July 2, 2009||1||8:40||Tomsk, Russia||Russian Championship Final.|
|Win||3–0||Islam Mamedov||KO (punches)||Siberian League: Tomsk Challenge||July 2, 2009||1||5:34||Tomsk, Russia||Russian Championship Semi-Final.|
|Win||2–0||Andrei Koshkin||Submission (triangle choke)||Siberian League: New Hopes||April 27, 2009||1||2:15||Novokuznetsk, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Rishat Gilmitdinov||Submission (triangle choke)||Universal Fighter||December 12, 2008||1||2:00||Ufa, Russia|
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- "Bellator 87". http://mmanewsblog.wordpress.com. 2012-12-22.
- "Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren title fight headlines Bellator 128". mmafighting.com. September 8, 2014.
- "53-fight veteran John Gunderson withdraws from Bellator 128, retires from MMA". MMAJunkie.com. September 30, 2014.
- "Dakota Cochrane replaces Derek Campos, meets Alexander Sarnavskiy on Friday at Bellator 128". TheMMAReport.com. October 7, 2014.