Biography(references)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".
Combat ApproachShlemenko is known for his unorthodox striking style, which is difficult to refer to as traditional Muay Thai, Kickboxing, or ARB. 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 . Beside his technical skills, Alexander shows impressive cardio during his fights, which he attributes to skiing as a teenager.
Awards & Accolades
Bellator Fighting Championships: Bellator Middleweight World Championship (One time)
Bellator Fighting Championships: Three successful title defenses
Bellator Fighting Championships: Tied with Rafael Carvalho for the most successful Middleweight title defenses in Bellator history. (3)
Bellator Fighting Championships: Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Tournament Championship
Bellator Fighting Championships: Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Championship
M-1 Global: M-1 Global Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
World Kickboxing Network: World Kickboxing Network MMA European 75 kg Championship
International Absolute Fighting Council: IAFC 2005 World Pankration Championship Tournament Championship
International Absolute Fighting Council: IAFC 2005 Championship of Asia Tournament Championship
International Absolute Fighting Council: IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Tournament Championship
International Absolute Fighting Council: IAFC 2004 Stage of Russia Cup 5 Tournament Championship
Full Fight | Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko | Bellator 185
Full Fight | Alexander Shlemenko vs. Kendall Grove - Bellator 162
Bellator 185: Best of Alexander Shlemenko | MMA Highlights
Bellator MMA Highlights: Alexander Shlemenko vs Doug Marshall
Bellator MMA Highlights: Alexander Shlemenko Wins Middleweight Title
Bellator MMA Highlights: Alexander Shlemenko Finishes Brian Rogers
Bellator MMA Highlights: Alexander Shlemenko Submits Zelg Galesic
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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