Bellator Fighting Championships announced Tuesday that the Chicago-based promotion has added undefeated Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy to its lightweight roster. Sarnavskiy is expected to debut in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament following the conclusion of the promotion's upcoming Summer Series on MTV2. “Tiger” rides a 20-fight unbeaten streak heading into his Bellator foray and has stopped all but three of his opponents since turning pro in 2008.

“The Bellator tournament will be a difficult test for me,” Sarnavskiy said in the official release. “I 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 won’t disappoint them, and I want to show them a spectacular performance.”

Just 23 years old, Sarnavskiy is a four-time veteran of the M-1 Challenge series, notching wins over Sergio Cortez, Beau Baker and Victor Kuku during his time with the Russian promotion. The Rusfighters Sport Club representative has already earned a pair of finishes in 2012, tapping Len Bentley with a triangle choke in February before knocking out Maykel Becerra with a knee on May 26.

Alexander Shlemenko has put [forth] 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 knockouts. 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.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Two Feature Fights Added to Bellator 174 Main Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

Two new bouts have been added to the Bellator 174: Corenen vs. Budd main card set for March 3 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. read news >>

Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef title rematch added to Bellator 176 in Italy

  • 6 hours ago
  • 4 views

The Bellator MMA middleweight title will be on the line at Bellator 176 in Italy.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso added to Bellator 172 main card with Piccolotti-Primus canceled

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

Next month’s Bellator 172 card has lost a fight but gained two more, including the long-delayed promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

UFC Inks Invicta Vet Cindy Dandois for Nashville Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC has added another intriguing female fighter to the fold with Wednesday's announced signing of Invicta FC veteran Cindy Dandois. read news >>

Bellator MMA Returns to Italy in April | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 6 views

Bellator President Scott Coker today announced that his fast-rising promotion will be revisiting Torino, Italy, for Bellator 176. read news >>

Daniel Straus-Patricio Freire 4 announced as Bellator 178 main event

  • 10 days ago
  • 7 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus will go another round – or perhaps five – in the main event of Bellator 178.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 Announcement Press Conference Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 11 views

Ahead of Bellator 172, the promotion held a press conference announcing featherweight champion Daniel Straus would fight Patricio Pitbull for the fourth time. read news >>

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Weigh-in Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 22 views

The 28 fighters competing on Saturday's Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione fight card weighed in on Friday in San Jose, California. read news >>

Bellator 172 ceremonial weigh-in video, photos: One last pre-fight look at 'The Last Emperor'

  • 9 days ago
  • 23 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The ceremonial weigh-ins are complete for Bellator 172, and former PRIDE champ Fedor Emelianenko is inching closer to his Bellator debut and long-awaited return to competition in t read news >>

Video: Josh Koscheck full media scrum following Bellator 172 weigh-ins

  • 9 days ago
  • 16 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Love him or hate him, Josh Koscheck will forever have a place in the MMA history books.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>