Bellator 98: Shlemenko Defends Middleweight Belt in Five Round War
By FCF Staff
Here are the results from tonight’s Bellator 98 card in Uncasville, which saw middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko defeat Brett Cooper by unanimous decision in an entertaining war.
Early on, Cooper was able to stun Shlemenko on a couple of occasions, and appeared to be en route to the upset win, but the rugged champion recovered and resumed his attacks. Later in the bout it was Shlemenko who had Cooper on the ropes, after landing several punishing strikes, but the challenger managed to survive.
After the end of the fifth round, which saw Shlemenko take Cooper down and land blows from above, it was announced he had won by a 48-47 (x3) margin.
Here are the official results for Bellator 98, which was hosted by the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Bellator Middleweight Championship
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brett Cooper via unanimous decision (48-47,48-47,48-47)
Middleweight Tourney Opening Round
Mikkel Parlo def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (30-27,30-26,30-26)
Jason Butcher def. Giva Santana via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of R2
Brennan Ward def. Justin Torrey via TKO (strikes) at 3:28 of R2
Perry Filkins def. Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:18 of R3
Rest of Card
Derek Anderson def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Jeff Nader vs. Mike Mucitelli declared no contest (due to accidental eye-poke by Mucitelli) – R1
Josh Diekman def. Parker Porter via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of R1
Ryan Quinn def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:34 of R1
Matt Bessette def. Nick Piedmont via TKO (strikes) at 1:41 of R1
Rico Disciullo def. Glenn Allair via KO (strikes) at 1:21 of R1