(Hess was doing alright against Shlemenko until his knee dislocated, rendering him unable to stand, let alone fight.)
Bellator’s season-two Middleweight Tournament Final is set, Eddie Sanchez earned a spot in the heavyweight final, and Jared Hess has some rehab to do after last night’s show in San Antonio, Texas.
Alexander Shlemenko def. Jared Hess by TKO (injury) in Round 3.
Bryan Baker def. Eric Schambari by submission (triangle) at 0:23 of Round 3.
Shlemenko and Baker advance to the middleweight final.
Eddie Sanchez def. Marcus Sursa by TKO (strikes) at 0:23 of Round 3.
Sanchez earns a spot in the season three heavyweight tournament with the win.
Nik Mamalis def. Mark Oshiro by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:29 of Round 2.
Aaron Rosa def. Robert Villegas by unanimous decision.
Adam Schindler def. Brian Melancon by unanimous decision.
Andrew Chappelle def. Cedrick Marks by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:18 of Round 2.
Jimmy Flick def. Humberto DeLeon by unanimous decision.
Fernando Rodriguez def. Kenneth Battle by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:26 of Round 2.
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As we move deeper into season two, an increasing percentage of Bellator’s cards are made up of ranked fighters. In the middleweight tourney semifinals, Alexander Shlemenko advances courtesy of a knee dislocation Jared Hess suffered as he was buckled by a flying knee from the Russian. Shlemenko rises from #30 to #21 in our Middleweight Rankings with the win, while Hess drops from #45 to #53.
In the other semifinal fight, Bryan Baker finished Eric Schambari easily, and jumped from #45 to #29 in the process. Schambari drops from #52 to #65 in the losing effort. Based on the current standings of Shlemenko, Hess, and Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard, it’s likely that whoever holds the belt after the season three championship bout will be solidly in our top 15.
In light heavyweight action Aaron Rosa climbed from #45 to #41 with his win over unranked Robert Villegas. In the evening’s lone heavyweight bout UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez moves from #38 to #35 with his win over unranked Marcus Sursa. Season three bantamweight tourney entrant Mark Oshiro lost his Bellator debut to Nik Mamalis but appeared in our rankings at #14 due to the strength of his wins and the relative lack of depth in the division. Hopefully Mamalis earned a spot in the tourney with the win.