Bellator Season 7 kicks off with middleweight title-fight, return of Joe Warren

Bellator Season 7 kicks off with middleweight title-fight, return of Joe Warren

Bellator’s next full season doesn’t start for a few months but the organization has already started plugging pairings into the September 7 show. According to an official announcement, a match-up between middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and Season 6 tournament winner Doug Marshall will headline things with a highlight-reel finish all but guaranteed given their past performances.

Shlemenko holds an overall record of 47-7 and has won ten straight tilts. 35 of his victories have featured some form of stoppage including 28 TKOs. During his current streak, the 29-year old Russian has taken out the likes of Maiquel Falcao, Ikuhisa Minowa, and Brian Rogers.

Known for his aggressive approach to action and sleep-inducing strikes, the 18-6 Marshall has come out triumphant in a quartet of consecutive clashes with three of the wins involving an opening round knockout. He was last seen starching Brett Cooper in April to earn his crack at Shlemenko’s strap.

Also on tap, Bellator 99 will host the Fight Master final as well as former featherweight king Joe Warren (8-3) returning to the cage for a clash with Nick Kirk (10-2) after more than nine months on the sidelines. The show is set to take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and will air on Spike TV.

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