Alexander ‘The Tiger’ Sarnavskiy: Russia’s Lightweight Beast

Considered as one of the most promising young fighters coming out of Russia, Alexander ‘The Tiger’ Sarnavskiy is living up to the hype; with an unblemished 10-0 mixed martial arts record, this highly talented lightweight will look to continue his winning ways at M-1 Challenge XXI: Grishin vs. Guran where he faces an always unpredictable Victor Kuku

At only 21 years old, Sarnavskiy brings a veteran’s experience to his game with thanks coming from his team, RusFighters Sports Club in St. Petersburg, and his mentorship from middleweight ace Alexander Shlemenko. The ‘Tiger’ knows how to finish his fights with precision striking which has earned him four victories by TKO/KO, making this element of his game to be considered his most dangerous attribute. On the flip side of the coin, he has also demonstrated a strong submission game, favouring the triangle and rear naked chokes, which have also earned him another four “W’s”. Out of ten bouts, only have two have gone to decision and he holds wins over European notables Maratbek Kalabekov, Karen Grigorian and Maxim Kuptsov; Sarnavskiy is clearly establishing himself as one of the world’s great fighters in the 155lb division.

Walking away victorious in his first two bouts in the M-1 Selection 2010 – Eastern Europe tournament, Sarnavskiy was set to advance to the Finals but was forced to withdraw just days before the clash with Artiom Damkovsky due to an illness. But his potential certainly didn’t go unnoticed. ‘The Tiger’ has now signed with M-1 Global and is now looking to climb the lightweight contention ladder for a shot at the M-1 Challenge championship belt; the quest starts with a must-win fight over Victor Kuku.

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