Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko Tabbed for Bellator Pay-Per-View in May

April 13, 2014
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Tito-Ortiz-UFC-148-Pre-Press-9081-478x270Tito Ortiz will return from injury and face Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a light heavyweight fight on pay-per-view, the fighters announced on Friday night.

Shlemenko agreed to come up to 205 pounds to fight Ortiz the company’s May 17 event in Memphis, Tenn.

Ortiz (16-11-1) said he was recently cleared by his doctors to compete, after a hairline fracture in his neck sidelined him from making his Bellator debut last November.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Ortiz was scheduled to face his friend and fellow former champ, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but the injury put a stop to that fight happening.

Ortiz hasn’t fought since July of 2012, and his last professional win came a year before.

Shlemenko (50-7) hasn’t lost since 2010, and won the Bellator 185-pound title in February of 2013. The Russian fighter has won 13 consecutive fights since dropping a unanimous decision to Hector Lombard.

Bellator 120 will also feature a third fight between Eddie Alvarez and Mike Chandler for the company’s lightweight title, as well as a light heavyweight tilt between Rampage and King Mo Lawal.

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  • Seth

    …HAHAHAHAHAHAHA XD Come on, are you serious? Its ultimate “I don’t care who will KTFO me, just give me my paycheck”. R.I.P. Tito Ortiz.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    That gives Tito about a month to come up with a reason to pull out of the fight.

  • Captain Combo

    Shlemenko via vicious punishment to da body.

  • battle ready

    Any bets on what injury tito gets this time?

    • Whisky_jack

      im going with the knee, dummy hasnt complained about that for a while..

      • battle ready

        I was thinking spine. He didn’t seem to have one every time he used to duck Chuck Liddell.

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      Bruised vagina.

    • Stupid turd

      You guys are all assholes. Just kidding put me down for ten bucks on a cracked skull

    • put me in the sauna coach

      same reason he pulled out of the Dana White exhibition boxing match. Wait…what reason was that one again?

  • bajafox

    Big fan of Tito the person, but as a fighter, hang them up man. I will not be paying one single cent towards this PPV. PPV’s should not be headed by fighters who aren’t even ranked

  • The snake

    It’s gotta be a huge blow to your ego when most people expect you to pull out do to injury or make injury excuses after you lose

    • Seth

      He doesn’t give a f. He just wants his paycheck and opportunity to whine how UFC screwed him and how Dana is a devil who almost destroyed his life. That’s all.

  • Piotr

    Why do they think anyone will pay money to watch Tito fight anyone at this point?

  • Lawdog1521

    What, was Ken Shammrock busy?

  • Kryptonitekid

    Who the hell would pay money to see Tito make excuses, I mean…. fight?

  • The Gueedster

    I bet Jenna’s reastbeef wings are bigger than Tito’s balls.

  • BobLemons

    Did any see them face off? Tito looked more than one weight class above him…