A sold-out crowd in Canada witnessed Douglas Lima and Alexander Shlemenko claim future Bellator Fighting Championships title-shots by capping off impressive tournament runs at Bellator 57 Saturday night.
Lima claimed the welterweight tourney finale by knocking out Ben Saunders in the second round, while Shlemenko won the middleweight event with a decision victory over Vitor Vianna.
“It was another spectacular, sold out night at Casino Rama. Shlemenko’s game continues to evolve in a dominate win over Vitor Vianna,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said of the show. “Lima, with one strong right hand, went from being the world’s best welterweight prospect to being of the best 170 pounders in the world.”
Lima, just 23 years old, has not lost since 2009, winning his previous nine fights. He is 21-4 in his career and will meet Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren in 2012.
Shlemenko improved to 43-7 with his win, securing himself his second Bellator tourney title and a meeting with Hector Lombard next year for the Bellator middleweight crown. Shlemenko’s last loss was to Lombard, via decision, in 2010.
Here is a complete list of Bellator 57 results:
Taylor Solomon def. Mike Sledzion via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Josh Shockley def. Eric Moon via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Denis Puric def. Chuck Mady via TKO Round 2 (Retirement)
Dave Jansen def. Ashkan Morvari via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Matt Van Buren def. Shawn Levesque via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Chris Horodecki Majority Draws with Mike Corey
Alexandre Bezerra def. Douglas Evans via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Roger Hollett def. John Hawk via Split Decision
Alexander Shlemenko def. Vitor Vianna via Unanimous Decision
Douglas Lima def. Ben Saunders via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
MMATraining Take: Both Lima and Shlemenko will have tough times securing the belts from the waist of Askren and Lombard, respectively. But, as they showed in the tournament, both of them have excellent skills and are threats to end the long runs of Askren and Lombard if they get the opportunity.