Alexander Shlemenko Not Signing Any Long Term Contracts At The Moment, Hopes To Get UFC Deal


Former Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko has won three of four since last competing in Bellator MMA, which includes a win over UFC veteran David Branch.

Shlemenko says that the RCC promotion out of Russia recently offered him a contract, but the fighter would rather remain a free agent at the moment.

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“Now I have not renewed the contract, although they offered gorgeous conditions. If I chose money, as in 2010, I would not leave. But I did a hard job to get rid of the contract. Now I am completely free,” Shlemenko said to Championat (via Karim Zidan of Bloody Elbow).

The fighters last three wins came from fighting in the RCC promotion, defeating the aforementioned Branch, Viscardi Andrade and Jonas Billstein.

There is one promotion that Shlemenko is looking to sign with and that organization is the UFC, but the coronavirus pandemic may have thrown a wrench into those plans.

“There was a desire to join the UFC this year, but the pandemic confused the cards. Now many people will be left without work, as well as the fighters, too,” says Shlemenko.

Bellator MMA has had a total of six middleweight championships since the promotion began and only two of them (Hector Lombard & Gegard Mousasi) have competed in the UFC.

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