In 2006, Doug “The Rhino” Marshall defeated “The Vanilla Gorilla” Lodune Sincaid to become the second WEC Light Heavyweight champion and would go on to successfully defend the title on two occasions before losing to Brian Stann in March 2008.
Fast forward seven years and Marshall finds himself challenging Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko for the Bellator Middleweight championship, Nov. 22.
Marshall earned the opportunity to challenge for the title after he knocked out Brett “Fudoshin” Cooper to win the Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament back in April. To reach the finals, Marshall defeated Andreas “Sweet Swede” Spång and Sultan Aliev.
The Rhino comes into the match on a four-fight winning streak, having won three of his last four bouts by knockout. That said, fighting the Storm will not be an easy task.
The champion has won 11 consecutive bouts. With 28 knockouts on his record, Shlemenko is perhaps the most dangerous striker in Bellator’s middleweight division.
If Marshall is able to defeat Shlemenko and win the middleweight title, he will be in that special club of MMA fighters who captured two separate world championship in two different weight divisions.
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