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Bellator moves quickly to fill void left by Hector Lombard’s departure with announcement of middleweight title-fight

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney didn’t want long to address the recent vacancy at the top of the organization’s middleweight division, confirming the title will be awarded in an eventual fight between the winner of Season 6 finalists Maiquel Falcao-Andreas Spang and Alexander Shlemenko.

The title became available when Hector Lombard – the lone fighter to wear the belt in Bellator’s history – signed a contract with the UFC.

Rebney confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

Falcao and Spang will meet next month and then move on to face Shlemenko later this year. In addition to determining a top contender the bout will also be a grudge match of sorts after the two came to blows during a face off last Friday night. No date has been announced for their match-up.

Shlemenko is currently working his way back from injuries suffered in a recent car accident though none are considered to be career-threatening. He earned his right to fight for the belt after winning the Season 5 middleweight tourney and was awaiting a return shot at Lombard after losing a five-round decision in their first encounter.

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

6 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    I had no idea Shlemenko was injured in a car accident… feels like he just fought over seas really recent?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    It was within the last two-three weeks I think.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Yeah, happened two weeks ago. Fell through the cracks apparently. Broken collarbone and a dislocated thumb were the extent of his injuries.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    thanks for the details… and I looked it up he just fought on 4/7/12, that’s why I found it so odd to not have heard something about it.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    To be honest, if I had not seen the thread on MMA UG forums, I wouldn’t have known. Like Brendhan said, it (sadly) fell through the cracks.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Props to Bellator for making a title fight and announcing it so quickly. Hate that Shlemenko got hurt, hopefully he comes back in top shape and ready to go.

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