All fighters competing at Bellator Fighting Championships 34 met
their contracted weights at Wednesday’s weigh-in, including main
event combatants Hector
Lombard (Pictured) and Alexander
Shlemenko, who will compete for the former’s middleweight
Also on the card will be a women’s 115-pound championship fight
Fujii and Zoila
Frausto. The event will go down at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Lombard (183.25) captured the title by winning Bellator’s Season 1
middleweight tournament, turning back Jared Hess in
the final to become the promotion’s inaugural 185-pound champion.
Lombard is the owner of a 19-fight winning streak, with his only
blemish in that span being a draw to Kyle Noke in
2007. Since winning the Bellator middleweight title, the American
Top Team fighter has been on a tear, finishing all but one of his
six opponents in the first round. His last two fights have been
demolitions, as the native Cuban ran through Jay Silva and
Goodman in six and 38 seconds, respectively.
Shlemenko won Bellator’s Season 2 middleweight tournament to become
the number one contender for Lombard’s title. Like Lombard, the
Russian is on quite a roll, having won 15 of his last 16 contests.
A knockout specialist, Shlemenko (184.75) holds nearly two-thirds
of his 30 career wins by KO, including his first-round stoppage of
Baker in the Season 2 tournament final.
Fujii (113.5) has long been considered one of the pound-for-pound
best in MMA, as she has amassed a perfect 22-0 record, with 18
submission victories to her credit. Training under former UFC
heavyweight champion Josh Barnett,
“Mega Megu” is coming off an armbar submission victory over
Ward in the women’s tournament semi-final.
Frausto’s last appearance was not as impressive as Fujii’s,
however, as the “Warrior Princess” eked out a contentious split
decision victory over the spunky Jessica
Aguilar at Bellator 31 to advance to the final. Frausto (114.5)
owns only one loss, a March 2010 defeat to Strikeforce 135-pound
Lombard (183.25) vs. Alexander
Fujii (113.5) vs. Zoila
Bernhard (185.75) vs. Dragan
Lopez (204.5) vs. Raphael
Kuhn (170) vs. John Kelly
Acosta (135) vs. Tulio
Carrillo (184.25) vs. Moyses
Almeida (184.5) vs. Dan Cramer
Somchay (161) vs. JP Reese