The former Bellator and M-1 Mw champion Alexander Shlemenko entered this fight with a pro mma record of 53-9-0 (72% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.15 middleweight in the world. He suffered two consecutive defeats in 2014, against Tito Ortiz (fight in which he moved up in weight class to the light-Hw division, Shlemenko vs Ortiz) and Brandon Halsey (losing his Bellator title Shlemenko vs Halsey) but then he has won four bouts beating twice Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in 2016 (=Shlemenko vs Vasilevsky I and Shlemenko vs Vasilevsky II).
His opponent, the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Tuf 3 winner Kendall Grove, has a record of 23-15-0 (74% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.26 in the same weight class. He lost to Brandon Halsey last year (=Halsey vs Grove) but then he has beat Joey Beltran (=Beltran vs Grove) and Francisco France (=Grove vs France). Shlemenko vs Grove is the main event of Bellator 162. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs Grove
Where: Fedex Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Division: middleweight (185 lbs, 84 kg)
Shlemenko’s previous fight: Alexander Shlemenko vs Vyacheslav Vasilevsky 2
Grove’s previous fight: Kendall Grove vs Francisco France
Shlemenko’s next fight: Alexander Shlemenko vs Paul Bradley
Grove’s next fight: John Salter vs Kendall Grove
Official video (USA)