Alexander Shlemenko started his professional mixed martial arts career in 2004. A veteran of the sport with more than 50 fights under his belt, the powerful striker is the only man in Bellator history to survive five full rounds against Hector Lombard. The Russian also holds the distinction as being one of two fighters in Bellator history to win two tournaments.
Shlemenko won the Season Two Middleweight Tournament, finishing Bryan Baker in the finals. While he was unsuccessful in his title bid against Lombard, Shlemenko responded with a big way and went on a four-fight winning streak in Bellator, including a second successful tournament run. He finished Brian Rogers and defeated Vitor Vianna en route to claiming the Season Five Middleweight Tournament Championship. He is expected to meet Maiquel Falcao for the vacant middleweight world title in the fall of 2012.
Record: 45-7 (27 KOs, 7 subs)
Championships and Accolades:
Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament Champion
Bellator Season Two Middleweight Tournament Champion