Really, who thought Tito Ortiz would come and take out Bellator’s Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko so easily at Bellator 12 this past Saturday? Well Shlemenko and Bellator President Bjorn Rebney said to the media on Saturday night.
Shlemenko On his loss to Tito Ortiz: “I have nothing to say. It’s just too bad, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to win this fight. Congratulations to Tito for this win, and it was a very, very good experience for me.”
Ortiz took Shlemenko down and locked in an arm triangle which made Shlemenko go to sleep in their fight.
Tito was suppose to make his Bellator debut against Rampage Jackson on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. However, on October 25, it was announced that Ortiz suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of his fight with Jackson. Prior to his Bellator debut, in what was suppose to be his retirement, he lost to Forrest Griffin via unanimous decision at UFC 148 – Silva vs. Sonnen 2 on Jul / 07 / 2012.
Bjorn Rebney on Shlemenko’s next fight: “Alexander is our middleweight champion, and a small middleweight at that. He will be back defending that title. There’s potential to make a series of great fights for him for this organization, some of which would be on free TV and some of which may be pay-per-view.”
Alexander Shlemenko has been with Bellator since April of 2010 when he made his debut against Matt Major which he won via unanimous decision at Bellator Fighting Championships 16. He was on a 13 fight winning streak prior to his fight will Tito Ortiz at 120. He has a 50-8 record. He has 29 knockouts, 8 submissions and 13 decision victories, he also have been knocked out once, submitted three times in his MMA career.
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