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Bellator 88 Results & Videos: Shlemenko Knocks Out Falcao to Win Middleweight Title, Mike Richman Scores Another Head-Kick KO


(The Shlemenko vs. Falcao stoppage)

Last night’s Bellator middleweight title fight between ever-twirling Russian Alexander Shlemenko and hard-sluggin’ Brazilian Maiquel Falcao didn’t disappoint. After an evenly-pitched first round that featured both men making statements with their striking — and Falcao mixing in a couple takedowns — Shlemenko focused his attacks on the body in round 2, hurting Falcao with a liver punch then dropping him with a short right hand. Shlemenko fired down a few more body shots from above before KO’ing Falcao with a precision head-shot. Shlemenko earns the vacant middleweight title in impressive fashion, and will now take a break until the Season 8 middleweight tournament produces his first challenger.

Also on the Bellator 88 card, the featherweight tournament quarterfinals were highlighted by returning contender Mike Richman, who scored his third knockout under the Bellator banner with a head-kick-and-punches stoppage of Mitch Jackson — pretty much the same thing he did to Jeremy Spoon last October, only this time with Dan Miragliotta doing his lovable late-stoppage thing. You can watch the Richman/Jackson KO after the jump, along with five more stoppages from the event. Full results are below.

Main Card
- Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao via KO, 2:18 of round 2
- Marlon Sandro def. Akop Stepanyan via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27) – Stepanyan was docked a point in round 2 for fence-grabbing
- Mike Richman def. Mitch Jackson via TKO (head-kick and punches), 4:57 of round 1
- Alexandre Bezerra def. Genair Da Silva via submission (armbar), 1:40 of round 1

Preliminary Card
- Frodo Khasbulaev def. Fabricio Guerreiro via submission (arm triangle), 1:15 of round 2
- George Hickman def. Stephen Upchurch via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:19 of round 1
- Clay Harvison def. Ururahy Rodrigues via KO, 3:34 of round 3
- Ronnie Rogers def. Shane Crenshaw via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Joe Elmore def. Jerrid Burke via KO, 4:11 of round 2


(Mike Richman vs. Mitch Jackson)


(Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair Da Silva)


(Frodo Khasbulaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro)


(George Hickman vs. Stephen Upchurch)


(Clay Harvison vs. Ururahy Rodrigues)


(Joe Elmore vs. Jerrid Burke)

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8AMMA- February 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm
After all the hype and build-up, I expected a bit more from Falcao. I guess it is what it is.
painvelasquez- February 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Stenanyan got straight up robbed in my opinion. And that frodo guy looked like he hadjust snorted a mountain of coke. Shkemenko looked pretty good agaisnt falcao he got exactly wat he deserved french kissed that clench fist.
Buster Hyman- February 8, 2013 at 11:31 am
why does falcao have AIDS written on his ass crack?
cman- February 8, 2013 at 7:33 am
And no mention of the poetic justic Shlemenko dished out after the weigh in douchary?
ReX13- February 8, 2013 at 6:53 am
That's very diplomatically stated, Dangs. You could, perhaps less delicately, have said that the judges in Georgia (yep, Georgia) are clearly illiterate as fuck, drunk off toilet moonshine, cataclysmically retarted, or some backwoods-lottery combination of the three. Sandro got gifted.
J.Jones- February 8, 2013 at 6:34 am
Personally, I think the Stepanyan/Sandro fight should have been scored a draw at the minimum. Akop's speed had Marlon gunshy & on the defensive the entire fight. Clearly Sandro took the 3rd 10-9 but if the 2nd was 9-9 and the 1st was 10-9 Akop, it should have gone to a 4th.
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