Sparks are sure to fly when these two middleweights face off.
Women’s Title Also to be Decided on Thursday
Season 3 of Bellator Fighting Championships will conclude this Thursday when the promotion puts on its final show of 2010 at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bellator 34 will feature two title fights, with the main event showcasing Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard (26-2-1) defending against Season 2 Middleweight Tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko (30-4). The first-ever Bellator Women’s Champion will also be crowned when Megumi Fujii (22-0) puts her perfect record on the line by stepping into the cage with Zoila Frausto (9-1).
“Both of these fights should be electrifying,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Hector Lombard is the most dynamic and powerful middleweight in the world today, and his challenger, Alexander Shlemenko, is a knockout artist from Russia. This fight should be a war, and when it comes to the Bellator Women’s Title, this really is a dream matchup for the women’s 115-pound championship. Fujii is the greatest pound for pound female on earth, and Zoila’s striking ability is the better than any woman on earth south of 125. Fujii's pound-for-pound title will be on the line in what promises to be one of the most electrifying battles in the history of women's MMA.”
Lombard is a black belt in Judo, and the 32-year-old Cuban fighter competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in that discipline. He began his Mixed Martial Arts career in 2004 and broke onto the MMA scene in 2006 as a competitor in PRIDE, where he suffered the only two defeats on his resume. He joined the Australia-based Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) in 2007 and won the CFC Middleweight title after doctors stopped a bout with Jared Hess last year. He has successfully defended that title three times since becoming the champion. Currently on a 20-fight unbeaten streak, Lombard has needed a total of 44 seconds to run through his last two opponents. Lombard needed just six seconds to drop Jay Silva at Bellator 13, and it only took 38 ticks to run through former NFL running back Herbert Goodman (15-9) at Bellator 24 in a non-title bout this past August.
Shlemenko has won 16 of his last 17 matches, and he is presently riding a six-fight winning streak. The Russian middleweight has one rough stretch on his professional resume where he lost three bouts in a row, but that occurred after he opened his career by going 15-0. The veteran of M-1 Global and Elite XC has stayed busy during 2010, and this fight with Lombard will be his sixth overall of the year.
“Winning the title is my main goal, and I went a very long way to get here,” Shlemenko said of the title match. “Also, in my home city, no one has ever had an MMA championship belt of such a high caliber, and I want to be the first one to achieve it.”
The Bellator 34 action will kick off at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports Net, with at least four fights expected to air during the telecast.