When Hector Lombard left Bellator he vacated the middleweight strap and the promotion has been without an 185-pound king ever since. However, all of that will change on February 7 in Georgia when Russian Alexander Shlemenko and Brazilian Maiquel Falcao fight for the title at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
The whole night will be broadcast live on Spike TV.
Shlemenko has been waiting for his middleweight title-fight since he won a Bellator tournament in 2011, but now he will get the chance to bring home the belt for his country.
“It was a long path for me. It doesn’t matter whom I will face to get my title, Falcao, or anyone else. I will smash my opponent, and win the title, because I have my country behind me,” said Shlemenko in a prepared statement for media. “I’m fighting for the honor of Russia, and I’m glad that the audience on Spike TV in and on Russia 2 will be able to watch my fight live!”
Falcao is just as anxious for the outing, stating, “I’ve had my sights set on the Bellator Middleweight Title for a long time. Bellator is my home, and nothing would make me happier to see my championship banner hanging in the rafters, and beating Shlemenko for the title.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney also added he is anticipating fireworks in the tilt and the audience should expect the same thing.
“Shlemenko vs. Falcao is a spectacular world title fight. If you like fights, this one has fight of the year written all over it. With 50 knockouts between the two, February 7th should be absolute fireworks from The Arena at Gwinnett Center and on Spike TV,” said the excited executive.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting The Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office, with tickets starting at just $40 dollars.