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Tito Ortiz’s First Opponent in Bellator Set

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The Huntington Beach Bad Boy has a date on May 17th, the inaugural Bellator PPV, and hopefully Ortiz packs his rain boots to the big show in Southaven, Mississippi.

Because he’ll be walking into a Storm.

Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) will step into the Bellator cage against the Middleweight Champion, Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) in a non-title confrontation.

On a card already shaping up to be one of Bellator’s finest offerings including: Will Brooks vs Nate Jolly, the Light Heavyweight Tournament finale featuring King Mo vs Rampage Jackson and headlined by the rubber match for the Lightweight Title Mike Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez 3.

Ortiz is a legend in his own right, but he hasn’t been enjoying the twilight of his career, though still a household name, the former UFC Middleweight Champion has gone 1-7-1 in his last 9. The lone victory coming by submitting TUF Champion Ryan Bader via guillotine choke at UFC 132.

Alexander has shown that there’s more than lightening in his storm.

Shlemenko has struck victories 11 times in the Bellator cage, including three straight defenses of his 185-pound title, his last coming against Brennan Ward, whom he submitted via guillotine at Bellator 114.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.