The former Bellator Mw champion Alexander Shlemenko entered this fight with a professional mma record of 52-9-0 (71% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.22 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 three bouts beating Melvin Manhoef (then the result was overturned in a no-contest because the Russian tested positive for anabolic, Shlemenko vs Manhoef) and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in 2015 (their first fight, Shlemenko vs Vasilevsky I).
His opponent, the black belt in judo, world combat sambo, M-1 light-Hw and Mw champion Vyacheslav Vasilevsky, has an official record of 27-4-0 (70% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.37 in the same weight class but he lost two out of his last three fights, against Ramazan Emeev (=Vasilevsky vs Emeev 2) and Alexander Shlemenko; between these two bouts he beat Kristijan Perak. Shlemenko vs Vasilevsky 2, main event of the M-1 Challenge 68, is the final of the M-1 Global middleweight GP. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: M-1 Challenge 68: Shlemenko vs Vasilevsky 2
Where: Yubileyny Sports Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
Division: middleweight (185 lbs, 84 kg)
Their previous fight: Alexander Shlemenko vs Vyacheslav Vasilevsky I
Shlemenko’s next fight: Alexander Shlemenko vs Kendall Grove