Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has revealed that Season Five Middleweight Tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko will face the winner of this season’s tournament final between Andreas Spang and Maiquel Falcao for the middleweight title. Rebney announced the move via twitter.
Shlemenko was expected to face now-former champion Hector Lombard this season but with Lombard vacating the title for the UFC, it only made since for Shlemenko to battle the Season Six tournament champion.
Since winning the Season Five tournament, Shlemenko has hardly been inactive as the Russian fighter has notched wins over Julio Paulino and a devastating TKO of Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa.
Andreas Spang and Maiquel Falcao will meet at Bellator 70 on May 25 in New Orleans. It can be expected that Shlemenko will be in attendance for the traditional face-off that will hopefully not end with an incident this time.