Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall

7:03

The Bellator Middleweight title belt is up for grabs. Can Alexander Shlemenko defend it for the third time this year?

>> DOUG MARSHALL VERSUS THE

CHAMPION, ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO.

SCHEDULED FOR FIVE FIVE-MINUTE

ROUNDS.

HERE WE GO.

ROUND NUMBER 1.

MARSHALL IN THE BLACK TRUNKS.

THE CHAMPION SHLEMENKO IN THE

BLACK TRUNKS WITH THE RED TRIM.

>> MARSHALL IMMEDIATELY SHAKING

HIS HEAD.

THAT'S WHAT SHLEMENKO HAS BEEN

WORKING ON IN TRAINING, THAT

TAKEDOWN.

>> MARSHALL BACK TO HIS FEET.

>> COMPLAIN ABOUT IT ALL YOU

WANT.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN ANSWER FOR

IT.

HE HOPPED BACK TO HIS FEET.

>> THE TAKEDOWN, BUT NOT THE TOP

GAIN CONTROL.

SHLEMENKO.

HOOK HELD BY MARSHALL.

>> SAID ABOUT THE RECORD OF DOUG

MARSHALL, HASN'T FOUGHT A LOT OF

LONG FIGHTS.

SHLEMENKO COULD DRAG THIS INTO

THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.

BE CAUTIOUS IN THE FIRST COUPLE

ROUNDS.

WORK THE TAKEDOWN.

COULD BE HIS PATH TO VICTORY.

>> AND THE KICK FROM SHLEMENKO.

AND DRIVING IN AND LOOKING FOR

THE TAKEDOWN IS ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO.

NICELY DEFENDED BY DOUG

MARSHALL.

>> MARSHALL SHOWING GOOD

BALANCE.

>> SHLEMENKO NOT DOING A LOT IN

THE CLINCH.

>> AND SHLEMENKO THE STANDING

BACK KICK.

AND SHLEMENKO LOADING UP THE

RIGHT HAND WITH THAT HEAD KICK.

>> SHLEMENKO AGAIN WITH THE

TAKEDOWN.

SHLEMENKO CAME TO BELLATOR

SEASON 2, 2010.

HE SAID I WANT TO REPRESENT PURE

STRIKERS IN MMA.

TWO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

TAKEDOWNS.

>> 2010, THAT WAS LIKE 20 YEARS

AGO.

MMA WAS LIKE LAST CENTURY.

>> TO YOUR POINT, SHLEMENKO HAS

WORKED HARD TO EVOLVE.

>> NICE SWEEP.

DIDN'T GET IT ALL THE WAY.

BUT BACK TO HIS FEET.

>> THIS IS WHERE HE WANTS TO BE.

CENTER OF THE BELLATOR CAGE.

SHLEMENKO TURNING TO THE REFEREE

AND SAYING LOW BLOW.

>> DIDN'T FOLLOW UP ON IT.

>> TO THE BODY.

TRYING TO OPEN UP WITH A STRIKE.

WORRYING ABOUT THE TAKEDOWN IS

MAKING DOUG MARSHALL HESITANT TO

THROW.

GOT TO WORRY ABOUT SHLEMENKO

CHANGING LEVELS AND TAKING HIM

DOWN.

NOT AS AGGRESSIVE WITH HIS

FISTS.

NICE BODY SHOT BY SHLEMENKO.

SHORT RIGHT HAND BY MARSHALL.

THAT LANDED.

90 SECONDS REMAINING IN ROUND

NUMBER 1 OF THIS BELLATOR

MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

FIGHT.

>> GOOD BODY WORK BY SHLEMENKO.

THE LIVER SHOT.

>> SHLEMENKO BACK TO THE INSIDE.

>> YOU CAN SEE THE ELBOW DOWN ON

THE RIGHT SIDE.

TRYING TO PROTECT HIS LIVER.

>> AND MARSHALL, BIG SHOT BY

SHLEMENKO.

>> THAT HURT HIM.

>> HE'S IN BIG TROUBLE NOW.

THAT BODY SHOT TOOK EVERYTHING

OUT OF RHINO.

YOU SAW IT.

>> MARSHALL WAS VISIBLY STUNNED.

>> NOTHING TAKES IT OUT OF A

FIGHTER LIKE THE LIVER SHOT.

>> CROWD REACTED TO THAT HEAD

COACH JUST GRAZING FROM

MARSHALL.

OH, GOOD LEFT HAND.

>> THAT'S IT!

THAT IS IT!

OH, MY GOD!

BODY SHOT DROPPED HIM.

>> KNOCKOUT RULE BY MIRAGLIOTTA.

>> IT WASN'T ONE SHOT.

HE WENT TO THE BODY OVER AND

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

TOO MUCH FOR RHINO MARSHALL.

>> WHEN WE RETURN, JIMMY WILL

SPEAK TO THE CHAMPION, ALEXANDER

SHLEMENKO, VICTORIOUS BY WAY OF

KNOCKOUT.

SHLEMENKO RETAINS HIS

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.