Alexander Shlemenko

Photo courtesy of Bellator.

Alexander Shlemenko Claims Middleweight Title

Alexander Shlemenko is the new Bellator middleweight champion with a second round knockout over Maiquel Falcao at Bellator 88 from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Falcao walked down Shlemenko in the early stages of round one, trying to get his clinch going and working for the takedown, but it was Shlemenko who secured the outside trip and ended up in top position. After being inactive, the referee stood the fighters up. They clinched for position against the cage with Shlemenko’s strength showing.

Falcao came out busy in round two, but Shlemenko quickly poured on the heat, landing knees from the clinch of a tiring Falcao. Shlemenko landed a big body shot on Falcao, who was clearly hurt and after being stunned with a short right hand, he fell to the mat. Shlemenko landed more shots to the body and as Falcao went to cover up the body, Shlemenko knocked him out with strikes to the head.

“I am the champion of Bellator. I am face of Bellator now,” Shlemenko said post-fight. “Who wants belt? Come in cage. I am beat you.”

The victory improved Shlemenko’s record to 47-7 and increased the Russian’s unbeaten streak to 10 fights.

Marlon Sandro Wins Controversial Decision

In the co-main event, Brazilian Marlon Sandro progressed to the final four of the featherweight tournament with a controversial majority decision win over Akop Stepanyan, with the judges scoring it 29-27, 29-27, and 28-28.

In a tight first round, both fighters started off patiently with Stepanyan getting the better of Sandro with the stand-up. The Brazilian was able to secure a late takedown, but ran out of time to do any damage.

Sandro scrambled for a takedown straight off the bell in round two, but was caught with a spinning back kick and was on the ropes before being clipped with another kick. Sandro again worked for a takedown, remaining active from his back, but referee George Allen stood Sandro back up after Stepanyan returned to his feet. Sandro secured another late takedown and looked for a leglock, but again ran out of time.

Before the start of round three, referee George Allen announced that Stepanyan had been deducted a point for holding the cage in the second round after being previously warned.

Sandro secured an early double-leg takedown, but the referee stood the fighters back up. Stepanyan went for another spinning back kick, but was taken back down with Sandro controlling the fight from the top position until the final bell.

With most people expecting the fight to go into a fourth and deciding round, they were left shocked when two of the judges awarded the decision to Sandro, who will take on Magomedrasul Khasbulaev for a place in the featherweight tournament final.

Mike Richman Destroys Mitch Jackson

Mike Richman was super impressive in his first round demolition of Mitch Jackson. Richman recorded three knockdowns early in the round before landing with a head kick, dropping Jackson in the closing seconds of the opening round. After reigning down with hammerfists, Dan Mirgliotta called an end to the fight with just three seconds left in round one.

“I was setting it up with my nice hands, and then I saw the head opportunity,” Richman said. “I just want to show everyone if you get too close to me, I’ll put you to sleep.”

Richman will now take on Alexandre Bezerra in the semifinal of the featherweight tournament.

Alexandre Bezerra Submits Genair da Silva

In the opening main card fight, Alexandre Bezerra submitted Genair da Silva in just 100 seconds. Bezerra dropped da Silva in the opening stages of the fight and took the Brazilian’s back. Da Silva stood up and Bezerra rode on his back before taking him down and softening da Silva up with ground strikes before he gave up his arm and Bezerra locked in the armbar.

The win was Bezerra’s seventh in eight fights in the Bellator cage.

Bellator 88-Full Results:

-Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao via KO (Punches),  Round 2 at 2:18.
-Marlon Sandro def. Akop Stepanyan via Majority Decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27).
-Mike Richman def. Mitch Jackson via TKO (Strikes), Round 1 at 4:57.
-Alexandre Bezerra def. Genair Da Silva via Submission (Armbar), Round 1 at 1:40.
-Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Fabricio Guerreiro via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 2 at 1:15.
-Joe Elmore def. Jerrid Burke via KO (Punch), Round 2 at 4:11.
-Ronnie Rogers def. Shane Crenshaw via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
-Clay Harvison def. Ururahy Rodrigues via TKO (Knee), Round 3 at 3:34.
-George Hickman def. Stephen Upchurch via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1 at 2:19.

(Follow @AndrewPMMA on Twitter)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

With Bellator Contract on the Line, Bobby Brents Sees Right Through Shamrock FC Opponent

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

Bobby Brents isn't looking past Shamrock FC opponent Bubba Grant, but he sees right through him with an eye on a Bellator contract. read news >>

Bubba Grant Staring Down a Breakout Year with Bellator Deal at Stake

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Bubba Grant never gets too far ahead of himself, but winning a Shamrock FC belt and a Bellator contract could provide him with a breakout year. read news >>

Three New Bouts Complete Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2 Fight Card

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

Three contests have been added to Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2 on June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, completing the fight card. read news >>

Super Prospect Darrion Caldwell, Melvin Guillard Top Bellator 159 Card

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

Darrion Caldwell, a national college wrestling champion and one of the brightest up-and-coming bantamweights in MMA, will vie for a title shot this summer when he faces Joe Taimanglo in the main even read news >>

Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo Headline Bellator 159

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Bellator returns to Kansas with a pivotal matchup between undefeated phenom Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo to determine the No. 1 bantamweight contender. read news >>

Report: Former Bellator Fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev Shot Multiple Times in Restaurant Altercation

  • 22 days ago
  • 82 views

Former Bellator MMA fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev was hospitalized on Wednesday in Makhachkala, Russia after being shot "several times" while dining at a local restaurant. read news >>

UFC Statement - June 6

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

  read news >>

Kevin “Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson Dead at 42

  • 17 days ago
  • 796 views

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has passed away in a Florida hospital. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker confirmed the news on Monday evening. He was 42. read news >>

Kimbo Slice Dead at Age 42 After Being Hospitalized

  • 17 days ago
  • 23 views

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice died Monday at the age of 42. Bellator President Scott Coker released a statement regarding the news, via B/R's Jonathan Snowden: TMZ Sports reported earlier Monday that polic read news >>

UFC Releases Statement on the Passing of Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson

  • 17 days ago
  • 68 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship released a statement regarding the death of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. Ferguson appeared on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter... read news >>