Starting off the ninth season of Bellator, and concluding the first season of Bellator’s reality show “Fight Master” newly crowned champion Alexander Shlemenko (47-7), who just knocked out Maiquel Falcao for the vacant title, will be putting his strap on the line against Doug Marshall. Doug (18-6) is riding a four fight winning streak, including an impressive knockout of Brett Cooper in april.
Bellator’s poster boy Joe Warren (8-3) is returning to action, as he takes on Nick Kirk (10-2)
After a two fight losing streak, including knockouts to Alexis Villa and Pat Curran, Warren obtained a win over Owen Evinger in November and looks to return to his winning ways.
Brett Cooper looks to seal the deal on the ninth season after coming close in the eighth, as he takes on Andreas Spang.
Three time tournament veteran Brian Rogers is stepping up to the plate against Mikkel Parlo.
Submission specialist Giva Santana who is known as the arm collector, looks to right his ship and defeat Jason Butcher, and Dan Cramer takes on Perry Filkins.
If Alexander Schlemenko can pull off the win against Doug Marshall, he very well could become a star athlete for Bellator. He has been nothing but impressive, riding a ten fight winning streak over the likes of Brett Cooper, Nick Wagner, Brian Rogers, Vitor Vienna, Minowa, and Falcao. We may have the first dominant Bellator champion on our hands, come the season debut of Bellator, and season finale of Fight Master. Only time will tell in the next installment of the worlds second largest MMA promotion