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Alexander Sarnavskiy
Aleksandr Sarnavsky, July 2012.jpg
Sarnavsky in 2012
Born (1989-01-17) January 17, 1989 (age 34)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names Tiger
Nationality Russian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.5 in (179 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Hand-to-hand combat
Fighting out of Omsk, Russia
Lake Forest, California, U.S
Team RusFighters Sport Club
Reign Training Center
BJ Penn's MMA
Storm Fight School
Trainer Alexander Shlemenko
Rank Master of Sport in HTHC
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 48
Wins 40
By knockout 12
By submission 20
By decision 8
Losses 8
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 5

Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russian: Александр Сарнавский, 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 former lightweight division in the Bellator Fighting Championships. He is ranked #1 in the ACA lightweight rankings.

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.

M-1 Global

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 MMA

On June 19, 2012, Sarnavskiy signed with Bellator, thus terminating the contract with M-1 Global.

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.

Sarnavskiy faced Marcin Held on April 10, 2015, at Bellator 136. He lost the fight via verbal submission in the third round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Post-Bellator MMA

Sarnavskiy faced Jesse Ronson on October 3, 2015, at Abu Dhabi Warriors 3. He won via unanimous decision.

Eurasia Fight Nights Global (EFN)

Sarnavskiy faced Murad Machaev on February 26, 2016, at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 21. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Sarnavskiy faced Dmitry Bikrev on April 29, 2016, at Fight Nights Global 46. He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Absolute Championship Berkut

Sarnavskiy faced Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov on September 17, 2016, at ACB 45: Silva vs. Magomedsharipov. He lost the fight by knockout in the second round.

Sarnavskiy faced Ramazan Esenbaev on December 18, 2016, at ACB 50: Rasulov vs. Goltsov. He won thefight via TKO in the third round.

Sarnavskiy faced Eduard Vartanyan on April 15, 2017, at ACB 57: Payback. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Sarnavskiy faced Shamil Nikaev at ACB 80 on February 16, 2018. He lost the bout via split decision.

Bouncing back from the loss, Sarnavskiy knocked out Herdeson Batista on November 10, 2018 at ACB 90.

Sarnavskiy faced Aurel Pirtea on December 14, 2019 at ACA 103. He won the bout, knocking out Aurel in the third round.

In the title fight at ACA 111 on September 29, 2020 for the ACA Lightweight Championship, he lost to the champion Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov by unanimous decision, breaking his arm during the bout.

In his first bout post recovery and title bout loss, Sarnavskiy faced Artem Damkovskiy at ACA 118 on February 26, 2021. He won the bout via rear-naked choke at the end of the first round.

Sarnavskiy faced Rashid Magomedov on September 24, 2021 at ACA 129: Sarnavskiy vs. Magomedov. He won the close bout via split decision.

Sarnavskiy faced Herdeson Batista on May 21, 2022 at ACA 139. He won the bout via TKO stoppage under a minute into the bout.

Championships and accomplishments

  • M-1 Global
    • М-1 Selection Eastern Europe Championship 2010.
  • Bellator Fighting Championships
    • Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Runner Up

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
48 matches 40 wins 8 losses
By knockout 12 1
By submission 20 2
By decision 8 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 40–8 Herdeson Batista TKO (punches) ACA 139: Vartanyan vs. Ilunga May 21, 2022 1 0:42 Moscow, Russia
Win 39–8 Rashid Magomedov Decision (split) ACA 129: Sarnavskiy vs. Magomedov September 24, 2021 5 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 38–8 Artem Damkovskiy Submission (rear-naked choke) ACA 118: Abdulaev vs. Vagaev 2 February 26, 2021 1 4:55 Moscow, Russia
Loss 37–8 Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov Decision (unanimous) ACA 111: Sarnavsky vs. Abdulvakhabov September 19, 2020 5 5:00 Moscow, Russia For the ACA Lightweight Championship.
Win 37–7 Aurel Pirtea KO (punch) ACA 103: Yagshimuradov vs. Butorin December 14, 2019 3 0:39 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 36–7 Herdeson Batista KO (knee) ACB 90: Vakhaev vs. Bilostenniy November 10, 2018 1 2:11 Moscow, Russia
Loss 35–7 Shamil Nikaev Decision (split) ACB 80: Tumenov vs. Burrell February 16, 2018 3 5:00 Krasnodar, Russia
Loss 35–6 Eduard Vartanyan Submission (rear-naked choke) ACB 57: Payback April 15, 2017 2 4:47 Moscow, Russia
Win 35–5 Ramazan Esenbaev TKO (corner stoppage) ACB 50: Stormbringer December 18, 2016 3 3:49 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss 34–5 Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov KO (punch) ACB 45: Siberia vs. Caucasus September 17, 2016 2 4:19 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 34–4 Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 4 May 24, 2016 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 33–4 Dmitry Bikrev Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Nights Global 46: Mokhnatkin vs. Kudin April 29, 2016 2 2:35 Moscow, Russia
Loss 32–4 Murad Machaev Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights Global 44: Machaev vs. Sarnavskiy February 26, 2016 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 32–3 Leandro Rodrigues Pontes KO (punch) FEFoMP: International Tournament in Pankration November 28, 2015 1 1:58 Vladivostok, Russia
Win 31–3 Jesse Ronson Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 30–3 Marcin Held Submission (kneebar) Bellator 136 April 10, 2015 3 1:11 Irvine, California, United States
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, Sverdlovsk, 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 30: Zavurov vs. Enomoto 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 24: 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 22: 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 21: 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 Kyiv, 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

See also

  • List of male mixed martial artists
  • List of current Bellator fighters
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