One of Bellator’s newest middleweights will make his debut under the promotion’s banner this September and has drawn a daunting assignment in the form of seasoned tournament veteran with 3X his in-ring experience and twenty-four TKO victories to his credit.
According to sources close to the situation, Zelg Galesic and Alexander Shlemenko have agreed to face off on September 17 at Bellator 50. The match-up was first reported by MMAJunkie, though Five Ounces of Pain has since confirmed the bout will also serve as a quarterfinal in the company’s Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.
Similar to the highly-touted Russian, Galesic is no stranger to stopping opponents with eight of his ten total wins stemming from the ability to bang and the other two coming via submission. He holds a 10-5 overall record with past success against Magomed Sultankhmedov and a first frame knockout of Lee Chadwick in March.
Shlemenko is 4-1 in Bellator including his emergence as the last man standing in the organization’s Season 2 tournament followed up by a gutsy performance in a decision loss to explosive 185-pound champ Hector Lombard. The 39-7 “Storm” has finished thirty of the foes he’s faced including knockouts of Sean Salmon and Bryan Baker.
Though no other Season 5 pairings have been produced thus far, other middleweights attached to action in the tournament so far are Baker, Vitor Vianna, Brian Rogers, and Jared Hess.
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