Alexander Shlemenko picked up a decision victory over Brett Rogers to successfully defend his Bellator middleweight title at Bellator 98 Saturday night.
Rogers was a replacement for the fight, and pushed the champion for 25 minutes. Scores were 48-47, 48-47, 48-47 across the board.
Mikkel Parlo, Jason Butcher, Brennan Ward and Perry Filkins all advanced in the middleweight tournament.
Complete results can be found below:
Middleweight World Championship: Alexander Shlemenko defeats Brett Cooper by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Mikkel Parlo defeats Brian Rogers by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher defeats Giva Santana via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:12
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brennan Ward defeats Justin Torrey via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:28
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Perry Filkins defeats Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round, 4:18.
Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson defeats Patricky Pitbull by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader vs. Mike Mucitelli – declared no contest (eye poke)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman defeats Parker Porter via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:12
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ryan Quinn defeats Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 2:34
Featherweight Feature Fight: Matt Bessette defeats Nick Piedmont via TKO – Round 1, 1:41
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rico Disciullo defeats Glenn Allair via KO – Round 1, 1:21