This weekend, Bellator Middleweight Tournament Champion Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko will defend his title for the first time in a fight against the DREAM veteran Zelg Galesic. The fight will mark the opening of Bellator's second edition of the Middleweight Tournament, taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In addition to Alexander Shlemenko and Zelg Galesic, the tournament roster will also feature Jared Hess, Bryan Baker, and the 10-1 Wand Fight Team product Vitor Vianna.
The biggest fight in Alexander Shlemenko's career took place back on October 28th of 2010 against no other than the reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard. The Russian went toe-to-toe with Lombard for all five rounds, but fell short on the judges' scorecards that awarded the Cuban KO artist the Unanimous Decision victory. Since then, Shlemenko bounced back with three consecutive victories, defeating Brett Cooper (Bellator 44), Nick Wagner, and Marcos Antonio Santana.
Well-known for his exciting striking style, twenty-seven year old "Storm" currently holds a professional record of 40-7, with 25 KO/TKO and 6 Submission finishes. The fight against the Zelg Galesic, who has 8KO/TKO and 2 Submission finishes out of 10 career victories promises nothing but fireworks in Hollywood, Florida.
LowKick.com photographer Scott Hirano was at Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center (or just HB Ultimate) to deliver the following photo report of Alexander Shlemenko's training camp for Bellator 50. Shlemenko and his team (which also includes the 15-0 mega-prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy) are in the US since early September, touring between gyms such as the mentioned above HBUTC, RVCA and many others, in what I personally consider as one of the best training camps ever done by a Russian fighter. Including Fedor Emelianenko.
Feel free to follow Scott Hirano on Twitter @ScottHirano. Also, please make sure you like his page on Facebook. Scott's pictures deserve that extra effort of clicking on those "Follow" and "Like" buttons. And of course, it's a good day to become Alexander Shlemenko's friend on Facebook. For watching Bellator 50 LIVE, please tune in to MTV2 on September 17th at 7p/6c.