Condition of Stabbed Bulgarian MMA Champ Deteriorates

Crime | March 13, 2012, Tuesday // 10:28|  views

Blagoi Ivanov aka Bagata won the gold medal in the 2008 World Sambo Championships and the bronze in the 2006 world contest. Photo by BGNES

The condition of Bulgarian MMA fighter, Blagoi Ivanov AKA Bagata has deteriorated Monday and a second surgery was performed on him at the Sofia emergency Pirogov hospital.

Doctors inform Bagata remains in critical condition and is placed on life support and on a respirator. He is an artificial coma.

They further say they continue to fight for the champ's life and harbor hope his strong organism will help the treatment.

On Sunday, February 7, Ivanov and two of his friends had just occupied their places in a bar on Graf Ignatiev Str., in downtown Sofia, when a group of 8 persons armed with bats and knives allegedly came in and attacked them.

At 5.10 am police came in to find the attackers escaped and Ivanov with a deep stab wound under his armpit.

Ivanov's two companions have suffered only light wounds and bruises and have been discharged by the hospital.

Many of the witnesses of the brawl were inebriated at the time, which has made the work of police harder.

Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, declared this is a purely criminal case triggered by drunken rage.

The main suspect in the stabbing - 23-year-old D.S. known as Dampela, is kept under permanent detention.

Dampela is charged with attempted murder. He has a criminal record for extortion, drug possession and distribution, and fake car registration documents.

Dampela's defense lawyer Radost Karaivanova claims the investigation is collecting evidence only in support of the prosecution's case and skips questioning certain witnesses on purpose.

According to Karaivanova, this has been a drunken fight initiated by Bagata, who had been pestering her client and slapped him on the face in the presence of a number of people.

Friends and relatives of the champion, however, insist he had been injured while attempting to break a fight.

Blagoi Ivanov aka Bagata won the gold medal in the 2008 World Sambo Championships and the bronze in the 2006 world contest. He is known in Bulgaria for organizing and participating in so-called "free fights," in which the audience bet on the outcome.

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