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Friday 9th September 2016
Bellator MMA is presenting the return of former middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko who meets Kendall Grove in middleweight action.
In addition, the card’s co-main event will be the always-exciting former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley meeting Josh Appelt in heavyweight action.
A former Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion, the “Storm” has kept busy, racking up a pair of wins already in 2016, and adding to his seemingly endless resume of victories since turning pro in 2004. A natural born finisher, Shlemenko’s success in MMA has also translated to coaching, as he’s played a pivotal role in the ascension of current Bellator MMA welterweight kingpin Andrey Koreshkov.
Also of note, due to Shlemenko's recent suspension, Bellator officials have enlisted the services of The Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation to administer drug tests before and after Shlemenko's fight against Grove. The former middleweight champion is presently licensed with the Mohegan commission.
Fixated on getting another shot a Bellator’s middleweight title, Grove has strung together two emphatic stoppage wins since losing his bid to attain gold at “Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove.” The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: 3, the Hawaii native has also been competing professionally for longer than a decade, racking up victories and a plethora of finishes along the way.
Lashley is a must-see mixed martial artist, as well as professional wrestler, and will make his first appearance inside the Bellator cage in 2016. “The Dominator” will be looking to run his current winning streak to eight fights, and five-straight finishes.