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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.