Alexander Shlemenko will make his next title defense in March, putting his Bellator middleweight belt on the line against Brennan Ward.
Officials confirmed Bellator 114 for Utah on March 28, with Shlemenko-Ward receiving main event billing.
“I saw Brennan Ward in the last tournament, he was impressive,” Shlemenko said. “But he is a young fighter, while I have experience on my side. My experience will be my strongest weapon in this fight.”
Ward captured the most recent tournament title to secure his shot at the belt. He defeated Justin Torrey and Mikkel Parlo via knockout.
“Simply put, I’m looking forward to bringing the heat and taking the belt away, Cold War style,” Ward said.
The only other bout announced was Rad Martinez vs. Edson Barto.
“I like to think I’ve had a pretty good career and as I’m getting older, I’ve got a beautiful wife and a daughter on the way, the time is right to walk away and focus on being a husband and a father,” Martinez said. “The time was right to walk away while I still have my health, and to be a fantastic father and husband. It means so much to me that Bellator would give me my last fight in Utah so I can have a sendoff in front of all my friends and family. Bellator has treated me so well through my career, and I’m incredibly proud to have my last fight in the Bellator cage.”