alexander shlemenko

July 22nd, 2016
James Lynch

George Sullivan pulled from UFC on FOX 20 for ‘potential compliance issue’ with USADA UFC officials announced Thursday that welterweight George Sullivan has been pulled from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 20 card and will not be facing Hector Urbina. Sullivan (17-5) was flagged with a “potential compliance issue” with the UFC’s anti-doping policy stemming from “voluntarily disclosed information” the…

June 28th, 2016
James Lynch

At the beginning of every month on MMAOddsBreaker, I feature my recurring “Veteran Watch” article which takes a look at some notable veterans competing on the regional/overseas circuit. In this article I recap how these veteran fighters fared in their respective bouts for the month of June.   June 3rd –  Absolute Championship Berkut 40: Battleground (Krasnodar,…

May 30th, 2016
James Lynch

When fighters are given their release from a major North American MMA promotion like the UFC, Bellator or WSOF – unless they’re a major star – they often fall into obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a few wins and end up signing with one of the aforementioned promotions. In this regular feature for…

March 17th, 2015
Adam Martin.

And another one bites the dust. As first reported by John Morgan of MMAjunkie.com, former Bellator middleweight champion tested positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio following his knockout win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133, which took place Feb. 13 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. According to Jason Floyd of TheMMAReport.com, who spoke…

February 9th, 2015
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 133 is a three-round middleweight bout between Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef. According to the current betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbook, Shlemenko is a -285 favorite (bet $285 to win $100) while Manhoef is a +225 underdog (bet $100 to win $225). MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened up Shlemenko at -180…

February 9th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

To be honest, I miss Bjornator. Sure, the new Strikeator (Spikeforce? Bellaforce?) under Scott Coker’s guidance has given us some entertaining fights (who didn’t enjoy Joe Schilling and Melvin Manhoef?), but the promotion seems to not have any real direction anymore. The paring down of events was supposed to give us deeper cards, but as…

September 27th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Bellator 126 took place tonight at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, and the main card overall provided a decent night of excitement for both the fans at the venue as well as those watching on SPIKE. Overall from a betting perspective, all four betting favorites won based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Here’s…

September 22nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

MMA fans will have many choices for Friday night viewing, as Bellator, Titan FC, and Legacy FC all have cards overlapping to kick off the weekend. Bellator 126 is the highest profile of the three cards and it should be a good one, with a title fight and a tournament final taking place. In the…

August 14th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Wednesday was another one of those days where very little of the news was fight related, as we discovered that ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ continues his hunt for War Machine, Jon Jones was wrestling with Alistair Overeem at the time of his injury, and Jones is now scheduled for surgery. Bellator did decide that perhaps…

May 19th, 2014
James Lynch

On Episode 53 of “The Parting Shot Podcast” myself (@LynchOnSports) and Adam (@MMAdamMartin) welcome The MMA Report’s Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) to recap Bellator’s first pay-per view from Mississippi, as he was there covering the event this past weekend. The Big Three 1) Rampage beats King Mo by controversial decision in the main event of Bellator 120. How…

May 19th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Surprises and Disappointments is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every UFC event and certain Bellator events, highlighting three fighters who had surprising performances and three fighters who disappointed. Here are the three surprises and the three disappointments from Bellator 120. Surprises Will Brooks — The co-main event of Bellator 120 saw a massive upset take place as…

May 18th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Five crazy prop bets is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every UFC event and certain Bellator events that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy Bellator 120 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Rampage Jackson wins by decision (+169) In the main…

May 18th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Bellator finally made it to pay-per-view on Saturday night, and the results seemed very appropriate for a promotion which over the years has managed to put on numerous exciting fights and memorable moments, yet has failed to gain the amount of traction one might expect from the world’s second-biggest MMA organization. There was a time…

May 18th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Bellator 120 took place tonight at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, and Bellator’s first-ever PPV proved to be a weird, yet overall entertaining way to spend a Saturday night. Overall, four favorites won while five underdogs came through. Here’s a betting recap for Bellator 120 based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Bellator 120 Favorites…

May 17th, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 120 Date: May 17, 2014 Arena: Landers Center City: Southaven, MI Bellator will be live on Pay Per View for the first time in the promotions history with Bellator 120 in Southaven, MI. The main card will go live at 10pm ET. If interested in wagering on these fights, you may do so at…

May 16th, 2014
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 120 is a three-round light heavyweight tournament final between former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Jackson as a -255 favorite (bet $255 to win $100) while Lawal is a +215…

May 16th, 2014
Adam Martin.

One of the main card matchups at Bellator 120 is a three-round light heavyweight bout between Bellator middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko, who is moving up in weight for the fight, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Shlemenko as a -460…

May 16th, 2014
Adam Martin.

The co-main event of Bellator 120 is a five-round title fight for the interim Bellator lightweight championship between former titleholder Michael Chandler and tournament winner Will “Ill” Brooks. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Chandler as a -900 favorite (bet $900 to win $100) while Brooks is a +500 underdog (bet $100…

May 16th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Yesterday, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the main card of Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view card, featuring Michael Chandler and Will Brooks in an interim lightweight title bout, as well as the “freakshow” fight between Alexander Shlemenko and Tito Ortiz. However, before the organization heads over to PPV at 10pm, they have a…

May 13th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

It seems as though this past Saturday had almost as big an impact on Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view effort as this coming Saturday — the actual night of the fights — will have. Of course, that was when it was announced that Eddie Alvarez was forced out of the main event of Bellator 120 and his…

April 16th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another MMA podcast hosted on MMAOddsBreaker.com. This time around, the site is bringing in The Verbal Submission, a podcast that’s been around for over three and a half years and is been hosted by yours truly. What can you expect from this show? Get to know new fighters –…

April 4th, 2014
James Lynch

On Episode 46 of “The Parting Shot Podcast” myself (@LynchOnSports) and Adam (@MMAdamMartin) welcome Alchemist Radio co-host Mitch Ciccarelli (@MitchCiccarelli) to talk about all the major headlines in the world of MMA. Plus, Adam and James break down WSOF 9 and Bellator 114. The Big Three 1) Rousimar Palhares wins the welterweight title at WSOF 9 — is…

March 28th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Bellator 114 took place tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah, and overall the card was decent as it provided a few cool finishes to drown out a couple of stinkers. From an odds point of view, all seven betting favorites won. Here’s a betting recap for Bellator 114 based on the closing results at 5Dimes Sportsbook:…

March 28th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and semifinals in two different tournaments will be in the spotlight on Friday night on Spike TV, Bellator has an interesting slate of prelims set to air on their Spike.com stream before we get to the TV portion of the card. Former featherweight tournament finalist Rad Martinez returns to action…

March 28th, 2014
Gabe Killian

Bellator 114 is live today from the Maverik Center in East Valley, Utah, with the prelims kicking off at 7pm ET on Spike.com and the main card airing live on Spike TV at 9pm ET. Here are my plays for the card… Middleweight title bout: Alexander Shlemenko (-265) vs Brennan Ward (+245) Gabe’s Prediction: I…

March 28th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 114 is upon us, and instead of a single tournament running this show, we’re all over the map, but that’s not always a bad thing. In the main event we have have Russian badass Alexander Shlemenko (49-7), middleweight champion and rider of a 12-fight winning streak taking on season 9 winner Brennan Ward (9-1)….

March 28th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 114 middleweight Brennan Ward as he prepares for his title bout tonight (March 28, 2014) against champion Alexander Shlemenko at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The current number one contender earned his title shot by winning three straight bouts via second round stoppages as an…

March 27th, 2014
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 114 is a five-round title fight between Bellator middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko and tournament winner Brennan “The Irish Bad Boy” Ward. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook lists Shlemenko as a -265 favorite (bet $265 to win $100) while Ward is a +225 underdog (bet $100 to…

March 26th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This weekend, Alexander Shlemenko will look to become the leader in title defenses among current Bellator champions. He has only held his belt since February 2013, but has already defended it twice since then and hopes to add a third when he takes on middleweight tournament winner Brennan Ward this Friday at the Maverik Center…

December 18th, 2013
Adam Martin.

I’m having a difficult time deciding on what was the best fight of the year in mixed martial arts in 2013, and for good reason, as the past year has produced a number of entertaining scraps that I know I’ll still be watching 10 years down the road. The first fight that’s in consideration won…

November 24th, 2013
Miguel

Bellator closed out its ninth season with Bellator 109 this past Friday night (Nov. 22, 2013). The show featured some solid performances, led by Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko, who used a punishing body attack to wilt Doug Marshall in the first round. In tournament finals, Rick Hawn won the Welterweight tourney while Will Brooks pulled…

November 24th, 2013
Adam Martin.

With a brutal liver shot KO of Doug Marshall in the main event of Bellator 109 to defend the Bellator middleweight championship, I feel as though Alexander Shlemenko cemented his status as the most underrated middleweight fighter in mixed martial arts. When the list of the top 185ers in the sport is brought up, it’s…

November 22nd, 2013
Adam Martin.

Bellator 109 took place tonight and the event featured four exciting fights, including an awesome finish in the main event of the evening. Overall, three betting favorites cashed out while one decent-sized underdog hit. Here’s a betting recap for Bellator 109 based on the closing results at 5Dimes Sportsbook: Bellator 109 Favorites That Won In the…

November 22nd, 2013
Brian Hemminger

Alexander Shlemenko loves to fight often. The Bellator Middleweight Champion doesn’t look at fights like most people, he sees every bout he takes as a sparring session for his next fight. It’s always about the next fight for the wily Russian, even when he has a grueling five round war. That’s what happened in his…

November 22nd, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania plays host to the final Bellator event of season nine with a stacked card featuring the defense of the middleweight championship as well as the conclusion of the welterweight and lightweight tournaments. Let’s take a look. The best Russian MMA fighter since Fedor, Alexander Shlemenko (48-7) will defend his Bellator middleweight strap for…

November 21st, 2013
Adam Martin.

The main event of Bellator 109 features a five-round fight for the Bellator middleweight championship between champion Alexander Shlemenko and challenger Doug Marshall. The current betting line for the bout at 5Dimes Sportsbook list Shlemenko as a -310 betting favorite (bet $310 to win $100) and the comeback on Marshall is +255 (bet $100 to…

November 20th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 109 middleweight Doug Marshall as he prepares for his headlining title bout on Friday night (Nov. 22, 2013) against Alexander Shlemenko at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The former WEC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion is getting a fresh opportunity to earn a new belt…

November 20th, 2013
Adam Martin.

One of four main card match-ups at Bellator 109 is the season nine welterweight tournament final between Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar. Hawn will be looking to win his second Bellator tournament, while this will be Keslar’s first time in a final. The current betting line for the bout at 5Dimes Sportsbook  sees Hawn as a…

November 20th, 2013
Adam Martin.

The fight that I’m most looking forward to at Bellator 109 is the season nine lightweight tournament final between Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy and Will Brooks. Both men will be looking to capture their first Bellator tournament title. The current betting line for the fight at 5Dimes Sportsbook sees Sarnavskiy as a -195 favorite (bet $195 to…

November 19th, 2013
Adam Martin.

MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas today opened the complete betting lines for the Bellator 109 card at 5Dimes Sportsbook, and here they are below. ———————– BELLATOR 109: SHLEMENKO VS. MARSHALL November 22, 2013 – Sands Casino Event Center, Bethlehem, PA ——————– MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) Doug Marshall +260 Alexander Shlemenko -380 —Middleweight Title Will…

November 19th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

UFC is on break this week, but we’ll be taking a look back at this past Saturday night’s controversial UFC 167 event as hosts Brian Hemminger and Adam Martin recap an eventful weekend of MMA action. Brad should be making his glorious return next week, but in today’s episode, your hosts tackle this Friday night’s…

September 7th, 2013
Gabe Killian

Bellator 98 Date: September 7, 2013 Arena: Mohegan Sun Arena City: Uncasville, Connecticutl Middleweight Championship bout: Alexander Shlemenko (-640) vs Brett Cooper (+470) Fight Breakdown: The main event for Bellator 98 will be a contest for the promotion’s middleweight title, as contender Brett Cooper takes on the Champion Alexander Shlemenko. Shlemenko is the big favorite…

September 4th, 2013
Brad Taschuk

Bellator returns to the MMA world with a rare Saturday night offering that will kick start their season nine slate of tournaments. The culmination of the season is of course the November 2nd PPV card featuring Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez in a rematch of their November 2011 epic. Before we get to that PPV…

August 20th, 2013
Adam Martin.

UFC featherweight Cole Miller will appeal his unanimous decision loss at UFC Fight Night 26 to Manny Gamburyan, according to a report from veteran reporter Mike Chiappetta of FOXSports.com. If you saw the fight last Saturday night, you know why. The crux of Miller’s argument is that Gamburyan didn’t answer the bell at the end…

February 6th, 2013
Adam Martin.

Bellator 88 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia Thursday, February 6, 2013 Middleweight Title Fight Alexander Shlemenko (-210) vs. Maiquel Falcao (+160) Fight Breakdown: The main event of Bellator 88 features the long-awaited middleweight title fight between contenders Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao. Shlemenko opened up as a -210 favorite (bet $210 to win…