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MMA Analysis: Shlemenko, Lima Emerge as Big Winners at Bellator 57

Two more names were added to the list of Bellator Tournament champions at last night’s Bellator 57. The finals in the middleweight and welterweight tournament headlined the promotions second trip to Canada and the Casino Rama in Rama. Ontario.

Improving to 7-1 with Bellator and 43-7 overall, Alexander Shlemenko won hissecond tournament by defeating Vitor Vianna via unanimous decision. The “Storm” dominated the Brazilian from start to finish, earning himself another shot at Hector Lomard and the Bellator middleweight title. Lombard is the only blemish on Shlemenko’s record over the last three years.

In the welterweight tournament final, Douglas Lima won his ninth fight in a row by knocking out Ben Saunders in the second round. After an evenly match opening round the former MFC welterweight champion dropped the ducking Saunders with a right hand and finished him off with hammerfists. The loss snaps a four fight winning streak by Saunders since being released from the UFC. Next up for Lima will be the undefeated Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.


170 lbs. Tournament Final: Douglas Lima defeated Ben Saunders by 2nd rd KO

185 lbs. Tournament Final: Alexander Shlemenko defeated Vitor Vianna by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

205 lbs.: Roger Hollett defeated John Hawk by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

155 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra defeated Doug Evans by 1st rd. Submission (Ankle Lock)


155 lbs.: Chris Horodecki & Mike Corey Fight to a Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

135 lbs.: Denis Puric defeated Chuck Mady by 2nd rd TKO (Injury)

155 lbs.: Josh Shockley defeated Eric Moon by 1st rd Submission

155 lbs.: Ashkar Morvari defeated Dave Jansen by 2nd rd Submission

155 lbs.: Taylor Solomon defeated Mike Sledzion by 1st rd. KO

205 lbs.: Matt Van Buren defeated Shawn Levesque 1st rd Submission

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