Bellator 162: A Night of Thrilling Fights and Remarkable Victories

Bellator 162, held on October 21, 2016, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, was a night of thrilling fights and remarkable victories. The event was headlined by a middleweight clash between former champion Alexander Shlemenko and Kendall Grove, and it did not disappoint.

Shlemenko’s Triumphant Return

The main event saw the much-awaited return of former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, who had last fought in a Bellator ring in February 2015. Shlemenko faced Kendall Grove, who entered the fight with two straight knockout wins to his name. The Russian fighter established himself as the aggressor early in the first round, and he started unleashing his trademark spins in the second round after Grove came on strong with some punches. Once Shlemenko had Grove on the mat in the second round, he proceeded to unload punches until the referee was forced to step in and hand him the win. This victory marked Shlemenko’s 12th Bellator win, ranking him second-most all time behind Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Lashley’s Dominance Continues

The co-main event featured heavyweight Bobby Lashley, who was looking for another win against Josh Appelt. Lashley, a former WWE champion, showcased his dominance by defeating Appelt via a second-round submission with a rear-naked choke. This victory further solidified Lashley’s undefeated streak in Bellator.

Other Notable Fights

The event also saw Goiti Yamauchi defeat Ryan Couture via a first-round submission with an armbar, and Hisaki Kato defeat AJ Matthews via a first-round TKO. These fights, along with the main and co-main events, made Bellator 162 a night to remember for MMA fans.

Looking Ahead

Bellator 162 was a showcase of the talent and excitement that Bellator brings to the world of MMA. With fighters like Shlemenko and Lashley continuing to dominate their divisions, and up-and-coming fighters making their mark, the future of Bellator looks bright. Fans around the world will be eagerly awaiting the next event, ready for more thrilling fights and remarkable victories.

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