Doug Marshall is out of Bellator 98’s Middleweight championship bout due to a broken hand he suffered in training. Marshall’s replacement, none other than the man he knocked out to get the chance at the title, Brett Cooper. Cooper will now be facing current middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko on September 7th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
This will not be the first time these two middleweight’s have faced off. The last time they fought, which was in May 2011, Shlemenko edged out a close split decision victory to add to his then 36-7 record.
The two fighters are both very strong at their respected styles. Shlemenko who is Russian, learned his native combat sambo (which is a fighting style that originated in the Russian military), and has used it combined with a black belt in kick boxing to finish 35 of his 54 opponents by either knockout or submission. Cooper, on the other hand, is a freestyle fighter who flashes crazy techniques every time he steps into the cage. He has shown power and will throughout his professional fighting career and will be a real test against the Russian veteran Shlemenko.
This is going to be a really good one ladies and gentlemen, be sure to tune in. The fight card is loaded with up coming stars and long time veterans, and is guaranteed to provide viewers with exactly what they want.. blood, knockouts, and championship fights.