Bellator 114 will broadcast live on Spike TV from the Fairborn Ballroom at the Embassy Suites in West Valley City, Utah, with the main card airing at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT and the prelims being shown on Spike.com at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.
The headline bout on the online portion of the card is between featherweight submission specialist Edson “Little Tiger” Berto (17-11) and Rad Martinez (14-3) who is 5-1 in his last 6. Martinez is looking for a convincing win to secure a shot in a future 145 pound tournament after climbing all the way to the featherweight finals of Season 7 only to be ousted by the eventual $100,000 tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2-1).
Then the featherweight semi-finals begin with “The Mangler” Matt Bessette (13-4) looking to defeat “The Weasel” Daniel Weichel (32-8) who’s looking to secure a spot in the finals.
Bessette is going to attempt to keep his momentum going after upsetting the highly touted UFC veteran Diego Nunes (18-6) by split decision in the opening round of the 145 pound tournament at Bellator 110. Weichel has won 9 of his last 10 including a 6-1 run in M-1 Global as well as a tourney opening win over knockout artist Scott Cleve (14-4).
The next featherweight semi-final pits Desmond “The Predator” Green (10-2) against Will Martinez (9-2-1). Green overcame his opening round opponent Mike Richman (16-4) via unanimous decision but will have his hands full with Martinez who is riding an eight fight win streak that has only seen a single fight go the distance. That fight was his quarter final affair with Goiti Yamauchi (16-2).
Then the co-main event kicks off with former TUF Season 3 winner, Kendall Grove (19-13) looking to add another Bellator win to his resume after he outlasted former UFC vet Joe Vedepo (14-8) in his Bellator debut.
Now Grove finds himself in the semi-finals of the Bellator middleweight tournament facing a resilient Brett Cooper (19-9) who was in the final of the Season 8 tournament only to be knocked out by eventual tournament winner Doug Marshall (18-7).
Cooper may have lost the fight and tournament, but gained fans with his tournament run and after an injury forced Marshall out of his title fight with Shlemenko, Cooper was tapped to fight for Bellator gold. Cooper took the current champion Alexander Shlemenko to the limit only to have the gold fall beyond his reach once more by losing a unanimous decison.
That same middleweight gold will be on the line in the main event featuring the closest thing Bellator has to a real-life Ivan Drago, in Middleweight Champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (49-7) who will go one on one against who may become be a new age “Rocky” in Brennan Ward (9-1). Brennan steam rolled his oppostion in the Season 9 middleweight tourney, not allowing Justin Torrey, Joe Pacheco or Mikkel Parlo hear the final bell in their fights, even handing Torrey and Pacheco their first losses of their professional careers.
But will Ward be ready for the “Storm” on the horizon?
The champ, Shlemenko has gone an unprecedented 10-1 under the Bellator banner, dating all the way back to Bellator 16. His only defeat came at the hands of former Bellator Middleweight champion and current UFC standout welterweight, Hector “Lightning” Lombard.
Since that defeat the relentless Russian has amassed a 12-0 record in and out of Bellator, including 7 stoppages and a win in the Season 5 middleweight tournament. He went on to win the vacant middleweight title against Maiquel Falcao. He then defended the gold against Brett Cooper and Doug Marshall respectively.
Is it the American’s time to dethrone Shlemenko, or will Bellator 114 belong to Russia?
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