Bellator finished off their Thursday night event on Spike TV with a middleweight bout between experienced mixed martial arts veterans Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao for the promotion’s vacant 185-pound title.
Shlemenko lived up to his reputation as a finisher by taking it to Falcao in the second-round and landing a devastating liver kick that hurt Falcao before landing a shot to the head and a flurry of punches to put Falcao out cold. Here is a GIF of the finish:
Following the finish, Shlemenko decided to celebrate his knockout win with an impressive Russian jig.
The 185-pound champ will now wait for the winner of Bellator’s welterweight tournament winner for his first title defense. The middleweight tournament kicks off next week at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina with Dan Cramer vs. Brian Rogers, Brett Cooper vs. Norman Paraisy, Doug Marshall vs. Andreas Spang and Sultan Aliev vs. Mikkel Parlo.