MMA Frenzy was recently given the opportunity to sit down with Bjorn Rebney and discuss some of the intriguing points of the forthcoming eighth season. Having started his career a fight lawyer, the MMA game has always been a bit business, a bit pleasure with the Bellator CEO, and it’s never been more apparent than it is heading into tonight’s Spike TV debut.
Shlemenko Returns to Face Maiquel Falcao
Two-time middleweight tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko will be making his return to the Bellator cage this season. The Rusfighter product is on a 16-1 run, but has been absent from the promotion since winning the Season 5 tournament by outpointing Vitor Vianna in November of 2011.
The one man to hold a victory over “Storm” in that time is UFC contender Hector Lombard, who left the promotion with its middleweight title, and even he couldn’t take a lopsided victory over the unorthodox kickboxer.
If that weren’t something to get excited for, the fact that it’s UFC veteran Maiquel Falcao, who has earned 23 of his 31 career wins by knockout, welcoming the Russian back to the cage makes the prospect all the more sweet. “That is a spectacular fight. Stylistically, These guys would be hard pressed to deliver anything but fireworks,” Rebney said of the coming bout.
If a clash between a fighter with one of the greatest highlight reels in the history of the sport and a Brazilian striker with a propensity to end his opponent’s night violently doesn’t get fans excited, how does five rounds of it sound?
The two middleweights will meet to determine the new 185 lb. king, a thought of which Bjorn Rebney can’t get enough of. “It's a great opportunity to crown our new middleweight champion. Both guys are wicked mixed martial artists with wicked, across the board abilities. I get to sit cageside and think to myself, ‘how lucky am I?’”