Bellator Fighting Championships ain’t messing around with their debut season on Spike TV. After reporting three title tilts will be up for grabs in their first two shows of 2013, the promotion announced Friday Alexander Shlemenko (Pictured) and Maiquel Falcao will battle for the vacant middleweight belt on February 7th.
The 185-pound crown became available after former champ Hector Lombard vacated it to swim in the UFC’s pond.
Shlemenko will be riding a nine-fight win streak into the shootout. He holds an impressive 46-7 professional record.
“It was a long path for me,” Shlemenko said. “It doesn’t matter whom I will face to get my title, Falcao, or anyone else. I will smash my opponent, and win the title, because I have my country behind me. I’m fighting for the honor of Russia.”
Falcao has rattled off four consecutive victories of his own. The Brazilian was most recently seen posting a decision win over Andreas Spang in May.
“I’ve had my sights set on the Bellator Middleweight Title for a long time,” Falcao said. “Bellator is my home, and nothing would make me happier to see my championship banner hanging in the rafters, and beating Shlemenko for the title.”
The night also features the opening round of Bellator’s Featherweight Tournament.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Georgia hosts the festivities.