December 9, 1981 |
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
|Team||Bulgarian Sports Federation MMA, (The) Scorpion MMA Club|
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Stanislav Nedkov (Bulgarian: Станислав Недков) (born December 9, 1981) is a Bulgarian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight division. He has formerly competed for World Victory Road and Pancrase.
Nedkov was born in Veliko Tarnovo and began wrestling when he was 10 years old. A two-time national champion in freestyle wrestling, he has also had first-place finishes in international tournaments in Russia, Moldova, Turkey, and Bulgaria. Nedkov has also studied in sumo under Kotooshu Katsunori and won his first grappling championship a year after he began learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Mixed martial arts career
Nedkov made his professional mixed martial arts debut in relative obscurity in 2006 and amassed an undefeated record of 7-0 in his native Bulgaria.
Following a year away from the sport, Nedkov was signed to a contract with the Japanese promotion World Victory Road.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In June 2010, it was announced Nedkov had signed a contract with the UFC. Nedkov was expected to make his UFC debut against Rodney Wallace on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117, but Nedkov was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Phil Davis
Nedkov was expected to face Steve Cantwell on October 16, 2010 at UFC 120. However, less than 48 hours before the event, Cantwell was forced off the card after suffering a knee injury during a pre-fight training session. With no time to find a suitable opponent for Nedkov, the bout was cancelled.
Nedkov faced Thiago Silva on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. He lost via arm-triangle choke in the third round. However, on November 21, 2012, it was revealed that Silva had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolites and the result was overturned and changed to a No Contest.
Nedkov made his Middleweight debut against Tom Watson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performance.
Nedkov married Bulgarian politician Yuliana Doncheva in 2010.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||12 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||12–1 (1)||Tom Watson||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||2||4:42||London, England||Middleweight bout; Fight of the Night|
|NC||12–0 (1)||Thiago Silva||No Contest||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||1:45||Cotai Strip, Macau, China||Original submission loss; result overturned after Silva failed drug test.|
|Win||12–0||Luiz Cane||TKO (punches)||UFC 134||August 27, 2011||1||4:13||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Augustin Helgiu||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BMMAF: Warriors 13||May 21, 2010||1||2:14||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Win||10–0||Kevin Randleman||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11||November 7, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–0||Travis Wiuff||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||3||0:42||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Masayuki Kono||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: Shining 10||December 7, 2008||1||1:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Adelin Lutckanov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MMA Bulgaria||October 19, 2007||1||N/A||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
|Win||6–0||Goce Candovski||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Bulgaria||October 6, 2007||2||5:00||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Win||5–0||Yanko Kolev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Bulgaria||October 2, 2007||1||2:38||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Win||4–0||Kamen Georgiev||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Bulgaria||May 12, 2007||1||2:11||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Win||3–0||Vladimir Shumanov||Submission (punches)||Ichigeki: Bulgaria||March 25, 2007||1||1:16||Varna, Bulgaria|
|Win||2–0||Krasimir Bonchev||TKO (punches)||The Day of the Champions||November 17, 2006||1||0:33||Haskovo, Bulgaria|
|Win||1–0||Iliyan Mitev||TKO (punches)||MMA Bulgaria||April 8, 2006||1||N/A||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
- "Wallace vs. Nedkov among five UFC 117 preliminary-card additions". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
- "Phil Davis replaces injured Stanislav Nedkov, meets Rodney Wallace at UFC 117". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-22.
- "Stanislav Nedkov vs. Steve Cantwell slated for UFC 120 in London". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Cantwell off UFC 120 Card". fightersonlymagazine.co.uk. October 15, 2010.
- "UFC 142 Loses Thiago, Nedkov, Broughton, and Bahadurzada". mmafrenzy.com. December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- Holland, Jesse (August 27, 2012). "Thiago Silva vs Stanislav Nedkov possible for UFC on FUEL TV 6 on Nov. 10 in China". mmamania.com. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- "Thiago Silva tests positive for marijuana metabolites, suspended six months". mmajunkie.com. November 21, 2012.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 7 adds Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov". mmajunkie.com. December 16, 2012.