Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented Bellator MMA 114: Shlemenko vs Ward on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 5 of Season 10.
In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko successfully defended his 185-pound title with a second-round submission victory over Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament winner Brennan "The Irish Bad Boy" Ward. After a strong opening round by the challenger, the Russian found his mojo in the second stanza with a barrage of strikes followed by a sudden standing 10-finger guillotine choke that seemingly came out of nowhere and elicited a quick tapout from Ward.
Daniel "The Weasel" Weichel and Des "The Predator" Green advanced to the finals of the Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament with tedious decision wins.
The main card kicked off with a barnburner between Bellator mainstay Brett "Fudoshin" Cooper and the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove. The notorious headcase Grove got knocked out in the second round after scoring a near 10-8 opening round against Cooper, who was mercifully saved by the bell, only to come back to win the fight. Cooper, who has fought and lost decisions to the champion Alexander Shlemenko twice, now advances to the finals of the 4-man Bellator Season 10 Middleweight Tournament.
Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented their 9th season premiere, Bellator 98: Shlemenko vs Cooper 2, on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 1 of Season 9 of Bellator MMA.
In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko successfully defended his 185-pound title with a grueling 25-minute battle with Brett "Fudoshin" Cooper. The two durable Bellator veterans went back and forth for 5 rounds. Despite getting stunned by Cooper a couple of times early in the fight, Shlemenko was the fresher of the two fighters going into the final round. This allowed the Russian to outwork his doggedly tired American opponent during the final stanza to seal the deal on the judges' scorecards.
Mikkel Parlo, Jason Butcher, Brennan Ward and Perry Filkins advanced to the semifinals of the Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament. The semifinal brackets will feature Parlo vs Butcher and Ward vs Filkins. After his loss to Butcher, veteran fighter Giva Santana announced his retirement from MMA. The 41-year-old Brazilian, who dominated Butcher in the first round with his world class jiu jitsu, will continue to compete in BJJ, but his days of getting punched in the face for a living are now over.