Alexander Shlemenko KOs Maiquel Falcao to claim Bellator middleweight belt

Alexander Shlemenko. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Alexander Shlemenko used a mix of punishing shots to the head and body to finish off Maiquel Falcao and claim the Bellator middleweight title in the featured attraction at Bellator 88 on Thursday night.

The event, which emanated from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, also saw the completion of the quarterfinals of Bellator's season eight featherweight tournament. Marlon Sandro, Mike Richman, Alexandre Bezerra and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev all moved on to the semifinals with victories.

Complete results from the event are after the jump.

Main card
Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao - KO (Punches) 2:18, R2
Marlon Sandro def. Akop Stepanyan - Majority Decision
Mike Richman def. Mitch Jackson - TKO (Strikes) 4:57, R1
Alexandre Bezerra def. Genair da Silva - Submission (Armbar) 1:40, R1

Preliminary bouts
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Fabricio Guerreiro - Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1:15, R2
George Hickman def. Stephen Upchurch - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:19, R1
Clay Harvison def. Ururahy Rodrigues - TKO (Knee) 3:34, R3
Ronnie Rogers def. Shane Crenshaw - Unanimous Decision
Joe Elmore def. Jerrid Burke - KO (Punch) 4:11, R2

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