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BELLATOR 98 RESULTS: Alexander 'Storm' Shlemenko Outlasts Brett Cooper to Retain Title in Barnburner on Spike TV - 9/7/13
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.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
BELLATOR 95 RESULTS: Pat Curran Chokes Out Shamhalaev, Frodo Khasbulaev and Doug Marshall Win Tourneys - 4/4/13
Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented Bellator 95: Curran vs Shamhalaev on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 11 of Season 8, and served as the eighth season finale.
Bellator's first season on Spike TV, after moving over from MTV2, started and ended with Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran successfully defending his 145-pound title. Curran fended off tournament winners Patricio "Pitbull" Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev, earning a hard-fought split decision nod over Pitbull at the Bellator 85 season premiere, and a stealthy first-round submission victory over Shamhalaev to cap off the season finale at Bellator 95.
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev aka "Frodo" won the Bellator Season 8 Featherweight Tournament with a unanimous decision victory over Mike "The Marine" Richman. Khasbulaev is now positioned in line behind Daniel Straus for a crack at the 145-pound title. Given Straus' recent drug-related legal troubles in Florida, Frodo could find himself in a title fight with Pat Curran sooner rather than later.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion and old school slugger Doug "The Rhino" Marshall defied the oddsmakers for the third straight time to win the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament. Marshall scored a brutal first-round knockout of Bellator mainstay Brett Cooper to earn a title fight against Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko. This sure-to-be highly anticipated match-up will pair the heaviest hitter in Bellator's middleweight division in Marshall against the division's most dynamic striker in Shlemenko. Fireworks shall ensue.
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