Bellator MMA Picks: Middleweight Championship


Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:02 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 8:02 PM UTC

Bellator produces great competitors time and time again, as is the case with veteran Middleweight Champ Alexander Shlemenko who looks to defend his title on March 28th.

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When Bellator Middleweight Champ Alexander Shlemenko next steps into the cage on March 28th, at only 29-years-old this Russian finisher will not only be looking for his astronomical 50th career win, but is also going to be fighting after signing his new contract that he signed. Bellator brass announced signing Shlemenko to a long term extension for a guy simply known as “Storm”.

“Bellator has been my home for many years, and it’s where I want to be,” Shlemenko said. “Bjorn made me a promise and he lived up to that promise to provide me with a new deal. I have made a home here at Bellator, and I will continue to represent Russia in my efforts in the cage. I have gained millions of new fans both in the US and in Russia and around the world during my time with Bellator, and I will enjoy being Bellator’s longest running champion. I will continue wearing that belt with honor during my time with Bellator, which will now be at the peak of my career.”

Currently his winning streak is at twelve straight. In his last five fight streak that includes victories over Brett Cooper, Maiquel Falcao, Doug Marshall and Vitor Vianna, Shlemenko will defend his title against Bellator Middleweight Season 9 Tournament winner Brennan Ward on March 28th on Spike. He is considered a true Russian ambassadors for the sport, Shlemenko is set to reign over the Bellator Middleweight division for years to come since he got his contract extension.

“Alexander Shlemenko has been with this organization since its infancy, and has grown into one of the most dominant champions in MMA,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “I can say without hesitation Alexander has been a large part of the success we have enjoyed over the last five years and as the biggest name in Russian MMA, he’s been the catalyst to the largest TV deal in the history of MMA in Russia. It’s an honor to have him fight in this organization. I look forward to watching his career continue inside the Bellator cage for years to come.” 

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