Sure, Bellator might have lost out on Gilbert Melendez, but they’ll always have Alexander Shlemenko, right? Bellator announced today via a press release that Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko and Bellator have come to turns on a multi-year, multi-fight contract, with his next fight on March 28th.
There might be some that see the UFC as the place to be, but for Alexander Shlemenko he knows where his bread is buttered.
“Bellator has been my home for many years, and it’s where I want to be,” Shlemenko said. “Bjorn made me a promise and he lived up to that promise to provide me with a new deal. I have made a home here at Bellator, and I will continue to represent Russia in my efforts in the cage. I have gained millions of new fans both in the US and in Russia and around the world during my time with Bellator, and I will enjoy being Bellator’s longest running champion. I will continue wearing that belt with honor during my time with Bellator, which will now be at the peak of my career.”