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Alexander Shlemenko
Александр Шлеменко
Shlemenko in airport after Vianna.jpg
Alexander Shlemenko in December 2011, after win against Vianna
Born (1984-05-20) 20 May 1984 (age 30)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names Storm (Шторм), The Siberian Striker
Nationality Russian
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Division Middleweight (2004–present)
Light Heavyweight (2014)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Omsk, Siberia, Russia
Lake Forest, California, United States
Team RusFighters Sport Club (Saturn MMA team)
Reign Training Center
HB Ultimate Training Center
Rank International Master of Sports in Hand-to-hand combat[1]
National Master of Sports in Army hand-to-hand fight (ARB)
Years active 2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 58
Wins 50
By knockout 29
By submission 8
By decision 13
Losses 8
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 4
University Siberian Academy of Physical Culture
Spouse Alena
Children 1
Notable students Alexander Sarnavskiy
Andrey Koreshkov
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Pavlovich Shlemenko (Russian: Александр Павлович Шлеменко, born 20 May 1984) is a Russian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Middleweight division for Bellator Fighting Championships, where he is the current Bellator Middleweight Champion. Alexander is an expert in hand-to-hand combat and traditional Kickboxing.[1] He trains at the "Saturn Profi" sports club in Omsk, Russia, and holds a degree in Physical Culture (specialization - Combat Sports Trainer) at the Omsk State University. Shlemenko is ranked as the #8 Middleweight in the world by Fight!Magazine.

Background[edit]

As a teenager, Alexander did skiing and Greco-Roman wrestling. At the age of 15, Shlemenko seriously started to train ARB, which is the Russian abbreviation for "army hand-to-hand combat". He competed in many regional and national tournaments in ARB, and got to the highest sport level by reaching the title of "master of sports".

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Fighting for the IAFC[edit]

After watching a professional pankration tournament, Shlemenko immediately wanted to try it out. Shortly after that, he made his professional MMA-debut in 2004 at the age of 20 in his hometown Omsk, winning by TKO. During the early stage of his professional MMA-career, Shlemenko competed in the IAFC (International Absolute Fighting Council). Fighting as usual multiple fights per night, Alexander won most of them by knockout, which can be seen in his record. In May 2005, after only one year of his professional MMA career, Shlemenko had an impressive 15-2 record, and was gaining more and more attention by the Russian fans and the media.

Rise to prominence[edit]

After the IAFC, Shlemenko fought in various organizations such as M-1 Mixfight and BodogFight. He competed in EliteXC before the company went defunct. Its assets have been acquired by Strikeforce, having made his successful U.S. debut on their 10 October 2008 ShoXC show on Showtime.

Alexander won most of his fights, often by KO or TKO. Through the series of wins, some of his losses were corner posts for his development as a fighter and his whole MMA-career.

Shlemenko vs. Ronaldo "Jacaré" Souza[edit]

In April 2006, Alexander faced the future Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza at Jungle Fight 5. Early in the first round, Jacaré moved the fight to the ground, and got a full mount position. After some heavy ground and pound, Jacaré submitted Shlemenko by an arm triangle choke. Shlemenko didn't tap and got choked unconscious. In his blog,[2] Alexander later said, that he lost this fight, because he was a "young fool". According to his own words, Shlemenko didn`t even have a clue about fighting on the ground or grappling at all, he was still training as an ARB fighter (there is no ground game in ARB). Competing in MMA was just a hobby to gain some money while studying. After this fight, Shlemenko started to prepare himself like a professional mixed martial artist, training grappling as well.

According to one of his blogs,[2] Shlemenko said that right now he would have a good chance to win in a rematch with "Jacaré".

Shlemenko vs. Jose "Pelé" Landi Jons[edit]

As Alexander stated during an interview in 2010, the hardest fight of his career was the rematch with Jose "Pelé" Landi Jons in September 2006. The reason for this was, that Shlemenko noticed after the first round that he has broken both of his hands, but he still continued to fight.

Jose "Pelé" Landi Jons won by a disputed decision.

Shlemenko vs. Jordan Radev[edit]

The only knockout loss of his career Alexander received from Jordan Radev, a Bulgarian Olympic wrestler and mixed martial artist. Alexander caught a heavy left hook in the second round, which knocked him out.[3]

Later, in an interview[4] Shlemenko said that this loss made him stronger, and gave him a lot of motivation to train harder.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In 2010, Shlemenko signed with Bellator and made his debut in the Season Two Middleweight Tournament at Bellator 16, defeating Matt Major via unanimous decision.

In the semi-finals of the tournament, Alexander defeated Jared Hess, after Hess dislocated his knee, forcing the TKO via stoppage.

Shlemenko then faced Bryan Baker in the Bellator Middleweight tournament final on 24 June 2010 at Bellator 23.[5] He won the fight via TKO in the first round to become the Bellator Season Two Middleweight Tournament winner. In addition to a $100,000 check for winning the tournament, Shlemenko obtained a chance to fight against Hector Lombard for the Bellator Middleweight Championship title at Bellator 34 on 28 October 2010.

On 28 October 2010 at Bellator 34, Alexander Shlemenko faced Hector Lombard. Lombard controlled nearly the whole fight, landing elusive striking combinations and heavy elbows from Shlemenko`s guard. Despite taking a lot of damage that would've finished most opponents, Shlemenko actively fought back and even won the 5th round on the judges scorecards with a few well placed knees, some spinning backfists and stuffing takedown attempts. This was due to Hector Lombard relying mostly on takedowns to win the rounds after Shlemenko figured out his timing on the feet.

Season Five Middleweight Tournament[edit]

In the opening round of the Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament, Shlemenko fought Zelg Galesic, a Croatian mixed martial artist with a Tae Kwon Do background. This fight was anticipated as an interesting striking match between two experienced stand-up fighters. Despite these expectations, Alexander won via standing guillotine choke in the first round, proving his rarely seen submission skills.

In the semifinal round, Shlemenko faced Brian Rogers, an American fighter noted for many first round stoppages due to striking. Rogers came out aggressively in the first round, landing striking combinations. After a lost first round, Shlemenko started to dictate the pace of the fight early in the second round. A landed backfist, followed by heavy knee strikes to the head brought Rogers in trouble in the first half of the round. After both fighters exchanged some punches, Alexander managed to land another unanswered series of heavy knees to the head of Rogers, which forced the referee to stop the fight at 2:31 of the second round. After the fight Alexander stated in his blog, that he was rather nervous during the fight,[6] and that he saw Brian Rogers as a very athletic and explosive opponent.

In the tournament finals, Shlemenko faced Vitor Vianna, a two-time world BJJ-champion. Nearly the whole fight Alexander dominated in stand-up punching exchanges, which brought him a win by unanimous decision. This win earned Shlemenko a rematch for the title against Hector Lombard. However, Lombard signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship[7] and the Bellator Middleweight Championship was vacated as a result.

Middleweight championship[edit]

On 25 April 2012, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced that the winner of the Season Six Middleweight Tournament Finale Maiquel Falcão would face Shlemenko to crown the company's new Middleweight Champion.[8] The two men met at Bellator 88 on 7 February 2013 for the vacant title. Shlemenko won via knock out in the second round.

Shlemenko was expected to face Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament winner Doug Marshall on September 7, 2013 at Bellator 98. However, on August 19, Marshall was forced out of the title bout due to an injury and was replaced by Season 8 Middleweight Tournament runner up Brett Cooper.[9] In the rematch Shlemenko defeated Cooper via unanimous decision to retain the Bellator Middleweight Championship.[10]

The title fight with Doug Marshall eventually took place on November 22, 2013 at Bellator 109. Shlemenko won the fight via knockout in the first round with a body punch, successfully defending his title for the second time.

Shlemenko faced Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament winner Brennan Ward at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014.[11] He won via guillotine choke submission in the second round to retain the Bellator Middleweight Championship.

In order to appear on the inaugural Bellator pay-per-view, Shlemenko moved up in weight to face Tito Ortiz in his Bellator MMA debut on May 17, 2014 at Bellator 120. He lost by submission via arm-triangle choke in the first round.

Shlemenko is expected to defend his Middleweight title against undefeated Brandon Halsey on September 26, 2014 at Bellator 126.[12]

Other promotions[edit]

After his loss to Tito Ortiz, Shlemenko was expected to face Yasubey Enomoto at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 16 on July 11, 2014.[13] However, the bout was cancelled for unknown reasons.[14]

Fighting style[edit]

Shlemenko is known for his unorthodox striking style, which is difficult to refer to as traditional Muay Thai, Kickboxing, or ARB. Alexander is known for his knee strikes, he also often uses techniques such as the spinning backkick or spinning backfist. As stated in many interviews, he prefers to fight stand-up rather than on the ground, always trying to knock his opponent out. Often esteemed as a pure striker, Shlemenko also has some grappling skills, which he showed by defeating via submission among others Gregory Babene and Zakir Lalashov[15][16] (both via triangle choke). Alexander switches from southpaw to orthodox during his fights. In his blog he says, that he can fight equally in both positions.[6]

Beside his technical skills, Alexander shows impressive cardio during his fights, which he attributes to skiing as a teenager.[17]

Training[edit]

Alexander Shlemenko trains twice a day at the "Saturn Profi" sports club in Omsk, Russia. Although of his young age, but through his big experience in MMA and his degree in sport science Shlemenko is already active as a trainer too. His students Alexander Sarnavskiy and Andrey Koreshkov are looked as top prospects in mixed martial arts, showing impressive ground game and stand-up skills. On sherdog.com (April 2014), Sarnavskiy has a record of 26-2,[18] Koreshkov one of 15-1.[19]

During Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament, Shlemenko and his students were training for three months in the USA, at HB Ultimate Sports Center or Reign MMA, working together with BJ Penn and Mark Muñoz among other top MMA-fighters.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Bellator Fighting Championships
  • World Kickboxing Network
    • World Kickboxing Network MMA European 75 kg Championship
  • International Absolute Fighting Council
    • IAFC 2005 World Pankration Championship Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2005 Championship of Asia Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Cup 5 Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2004 Russian Pankration Championship Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Cup 4 Tournament Winner
    • IAFC 2004 Pancration Asian Open Cup Tournament Runner-up
    • IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Cup 3 Tournament Winner
  • Cup of Empire
    • Cup of Empire 2004 Tournament Runner-up
  • Sherdog
    • 2011 All-Violence Third Team
    • 2010 All-Violence Third Team

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 50–8 Tito Ortiz Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 1 2:27 Southaven, Mississippi, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 50–7 Brennan Ward Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 114 March 28, 2014 2 1:22 West Valley City, Utah, United States Defended the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
Win 49–7 Doug Marshall KO (punch to the body) Bellator 109 November 22, 2013 1 4:28 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States Defended the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
Win 48–7 Brett Cooper Decision (unanimous) Bellator 98 September 7, 2013 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Defended the Bellator Middleweight Championship
Win 47–7 Maiquel Falcão KO (punches) Bellator 88 February 7, 2013 2 2:18 Duluth, Georgia, United States Won vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship
Win 46–7 Anthony Ruiz Decision (unanimous) League S-70: Russian Championship Final August 11, 2012 3 5:00 Sochi, Russia
Win 45–7 Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (knee and punch to the body) SFL 2 April 7, 2012 1 2:20 Chandigarh, India
Win 44–7 Julio Paulino Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP: Battle of Empires December 17, 2011 3 5:00 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 43–7 Vitor Vianna Decision (unanimous) Bellator 57 November 12, 2011 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament Final
Win 42–7 Brian Rogers TKO (knees) Bellator 54 October 15, 2011 2 2:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 41–7 Zelg Galešić Submission (standing guillotine choke) Bellator 50 September 17, 2011 1 1:55 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 40–7 Antonio Santana KO (punch) League S-70: Russia vs. Brazil August 6, 2011 1 1:29 Sochi, Russia
Win 39–7 Brett Cooper Decision (unanimous) Bellator 44 May 14, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 38–7 Nick Wagner KO (punch) Fight Festival 30 March 12, 2011 1 3:13 Helsinki, Finland
Loss 37–7 Hector Lombard Decision (unanimous) Bellator 34 October 28, 2010 5 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States For Bellator Middleweight Championship
Win 37–6 Bryan Baker TKO (punches) Bellator 23 June 24, 2010 1 2:45 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Bellator Season Two Middleweight Tournament Final
Win 36–6 Jared Hess TKO (knee injury) Bellator 20 May 27, 2010 3 2:20 San Antonio, Texas, United States Bellator Season Two Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 35–6 Matt Major Decision (unanimous) Bellator 16 April 29, 2010 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bellator Season Two Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 34–6 Sean Salmon KO (knees to the body) Fight Festival 27 March 13, 2010 1 0:40 Helsinki, Finland
Win 33–6 Jean-François Lénogue KO (spinning back fist) Saturn & RusFighters: Battle of Gladiators February 13, 2010 2 1:43 Omsk, Russia
Win 32–6 Maksim Nevolia Submission (rear-naked choke) IAFC: Mayor's Cup 2009 November 27, 2009 1 1:15 Novosibirsk, Russia
Loss 31–6 Jordan Radev KO (punch) Fight Festival 26 October 17, 2009 1 4:27 Helsinki, Finland
Win 31–5 Patrick Kincl Decision (unanimous) Hell Cage 4 September 20, 2009 3 5:00 Prague, Czech Republic Won WKN MMA European 75 kg Championship
Win 30–5 Petras Markevičius Decision (unanimous) IAFC: Russia vs. the World November 29, 2008 3 5:00 Novosibirsk, Russia
Win 29–5 Bubba McDaniel TKO (flying knee to the body) ShoXC 9 October 10, 2008 1 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 28–5 Gregory Babene Submission (triangle choke) BSCF: Siberian Challenge 2 May 18, 2008 1 4:48 Bratsk, Russia
Win 27–5 Mikko Suvanto KO fightFORCE: Russia vs. The World April 19, 2008 1 N/A St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 26–5 Diego Visotzky KO (head kick) BodogFIGHT: USA vs. Russia November 30, 2007 1 2:11 Moscow, Russia
Win 25–5 Lalashov Zakir Submission (triangle choke) BSCF: Siberian Challenge 1 October 14, 2007 2 2:20 Bratsk, Russia
Win 24–5 Scott Henze KO (spinning back fist) BodogFIGHT: Vancouver August 24, 2007 1 0:57 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 23–5 Andre Balschmieter TKO Bratsk Combat Sport Festival February 24, 2007 1 2:30 Russia
Loss 22–5 José Landi-Jons Decision (unanimous) WFC 2: Evolution September 30, 2006 3 5:00 Koper, Slovenia
Loss 22–4 Ronaldo Souza Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Jungle Fight 6 April 29, 2006 1 2:10 Manaus, Brazil
Win 22–3 Shavkat Urakov Submission (triangle choke) APF: World Pankration Championship 2006 April 15, 2005 N/A N/A Astana, Kazakhstan
Win 21–3 Beslan Isaev Submission (triangle choke) APF: World Pankration Championship 2005 December 18, 2005 3 N/A Astana, Kazakhstan World Pankration Championship 2005 Final
Win 20–3 Murad Magomedov TKO (towel) APF: World Pankration Championship 2005 December 18, 2005 N/A N/A Astana, Kazakhstan World Pankration Championship 2005 Semifinal
Win 19–3 Vasily Novikov TKO (towel) APF: World Pankration Championship 2005 December 18, 2005 1 N/A Astana, Kazakhstan World Pankration Championship 2005 Quarterfinal
Loss 18–3 José Landi-Jons Decision Jungle Fight 5 November 26, 2005 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Win 18–2 Sergey Naumov TKO M-1 MFC: Russia vs. France November 5, 2005 2 4:50 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 17–2 Sergey Gubin KO (punch) IAFC: Pancration Siberian Open Cup 2005 October 20, 2005 N/A N/A Omsk, Russia
Win 16–2 Ubaidula Chopolaev Decision M-1 MFC: New Blood October 1, 2005 2 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 15–2 Vasily Krilov Decision IAFC: Championship of Asia March 20, 2005 3 N/A Jakutsk, Russia Championship of Asia Final
Win 14–2 Musa Pliev Decision IAFC: Championship of Asia March 20, 2005 3 N/A Jakutsk, Russia Championship of Asia Semifinal
Win 13–2 Sergei Akinen KO (knee) IAFC: Championship of Asia March 20, 2005 1 N/A Jakutsk, Russia Championship of Asia Quarterfinal
Win 12–2 Vener Galiev TKO (injury) IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup December 20, 2004 1 N/A Ulianovsk, Russia Stage of Russia Cup Final
Win 11–2 Pavel Jaroslavtcev TKO IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup December 20, 2004 1 N/A Ulianovsk, Russia Stage of Russia Cup Semifinal
Win 10–2 Murad Madomedov TKO IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup December 20, 2004 3 N/A Ulianovsk, Russia Stage of Russia Cup Quarterfinal
Win 9–2 Jakov Burbolenko TKO IAFC: Russian Pankration Championship June 25, 2004 2 N/A Omsk, Russia Russian Pankration Championship Final
Win 8–2 Evgenij Zaviazochnikov Submission (guillotine choke) IAFC: Russian Pankration Championship June 25, 2004 1 N/A Omsk, Russia Russian Pankration Championship Semifinal
Win 7–2 Vasiliy Blinov TKO IAFC: Russian Pankration Championship June 25, 2004 2 N/A Omsk, Russia Russian Pankration Championship Quarterfinal
Win 6–2 Jeihun Aliev TKO IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup 4 April 29, 2004 2 N/A Samara, Russia Stage of Russia Cup 4 Final
Win 5–2 Magomed Sultanakhmedov Decision (unanimous) IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup 4 April 29, 2004 2 5:00 Samara, Russia Stage of Russia Cup 4 Semifinal
Loss 4–2 Vener Galiev Decision (unanimous) Cup Of Empire 2004 March 18, 2004 N/A N/A Kazan, Russia Cup Of Empire 2004 Final
Win 4–1 Abdul Aziz Malaaiev Decision (unanimous) Cup Of Empire 2004 March 18, 2004 N/A N/A Kazan, Russia Cup Of Empire 2004 Semifinal
Loss 3–1 Beslan Isaev Submission (armbar) IAFC: Pancration Asian Open Cup 2004 March 4, 2004 1 N/A Yakutsk, Russia Pancration Asian Open Cup 2004 Final
Win 3–0 Anton Veisbekker KO (punch) IAFC: Pancration Asian Open Cup 2004 March 4, 2004 N/A N/A Yakutsk, Russia Pancration Asian Open Cup 2004 Semifinal
Win 2–0 Alexander Jakovlev TKO IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup 3 February 19, 2004 2 N/A Omsk, Russia Stage of Russia Cup 3 Final
Win 1–0 Zulfinar Sultanmagomedov TKO (cut) IAFC: Stage of Russia Cup 3 February 19, 2004 1 N/A Omsk, Russia Stage of Russia Cup 3 Semifinal

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Александр Шлеменко после победы над Витором Вианна. YouTube (13 November 2011). Retrieved on 22 May 2013.
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  4. ^ Шлеменко в нокауте! Что дальше?. YouTube (22 February 2012). Retrieved on 22 May 2013.
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  8. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (25 April 2012). "Rebney: Falcao vs. Spang winner meets Shlemenko for Bellator's vacant middleweight title". mmajunkie.com. 
  9. ^ "Brett Cooper replaces Doug Marshall, faces champ Shlemenko at Bellator 98". 
  10. ^ Staff. "Bellator 98 results: Shlemenko retains title in slugfest with Cooper". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  11. ^ Staff (2014-01-15). "Middleweight champ Alexander Shlemenko faces Brennan Ward at Bellator 114". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
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  14. ^ Tapology.com Staff. "Alexander Shlemenko vs. Yasubey Enomoto bout cancelled". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
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