Bellator 34: A Deep Dive into the Historic MMA Event

Bellator 34, held on October 28, 2010, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, was a significant event in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). This event was marked by intense fights and memorable performances that have left a lasting impact on the sport.

Main Event: Hector Lombard vs. Alexander Shlemenko

The main event of the evening was a middleweight championship bout between Hector Lombard and Alexander Shlemenko. Lombard, with a record of 34-10-1, was a formidable opponent known for his aggressive fighting style. Shlemenko, on the other hand, entered the fight with an impressive record of 61-13-0. The fight ended with Lombard retaining his title through a unanimous decision after five rounds.

Co-Main Event: Megumi Fujii vs. Zoila Frausto

The co-main event was a women’s 115-pound tournament final between Megumi Fujii and Zoila Frausto. Fujii, hailing from Tokyo, Japan, was considered the top female fighter pound-for-pound in MMA at the time. She was known for her exceptional ground game and had an impressive record of 22 consecutive wins, with 18 of those victories coming via submission.

Frausto, known as “The Warrior Princess,” was an explosive striker who had made a significant impact in the MMA scene. She had previously knocked out the world’s top 125 lb female fighter, Rosi Sexton, in a stunning upset at Bellator 23. The fight between Fujii and Frausto was highly anticipated, with many expecting it to be one of the most electrifying battles in the history of women’s MMA.

The fight did not disappoint. After five grueling rounds, Frausto emerged victorious, winning by a split decision and becoming the new women’s 115-pound champion.

Other Notable Fights

Bellator 34 also featured several other notable fights. Frank Carrillo, with a record of 10-7-0, won a unanimous decision against Moyses Gabin. Mike Bernhard, John Kelly, and Ralph Acosta also won their respective fights through unanimous decisions.

Legacy of Bellator 34

Bellator 34 was a landmark event in the history of MMA. It showcased the skill and tenacity of its fighters, and the Frausto vs. Fujii fight, in particular, highlighted the growing prominence of women in the sport. The event also set the stage for future Bellator events, establishing the organization as a major player in the world of MMA.

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