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Tuesday, 11/15/2011, 12:33 pm

MMA NEWS – Russian Phenom Vyacheslav Vasilevsky Join's Bellator Middleweight Division


In a continuing effort to scout and sign the world’s best talent, Bellator Fighting Championships has signed highly-touted Russian striker Vyacheslav Vasilevsky.

Vasilevsky joins Bellator after an incredibly successful career in Russia where “Slava” compiled a dominating 15-1 record. Currently riding a 14-fight win streak, the 23-year-old prodigy will be fighting at middleweight in the Bellator cage. The two-time Sambo World Champion and K-Dojo product has had success at light heavyweight but feels at home at 185 pounds and immediately adds more world-class depth to the Bellator middleweight roster.

“This opportunity means the world to me,” Vasilevsky said. “I’m really excited for the opportunity. I felt like I’ve conquered the Russian scene, and I’m ready to compete against some of the best in the world with Bellator. They have some great middleweights, and I want to test my skills against them as soon as I can.”

“We’ve had tremendous success in the international market acquiring many of the world’s best fighters,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Vyacheslav is a world class fighter we’ve had our eye on for quite some time and he will make a tremendous impact on our middleweight roster.”

*Just a reminder that Bellator 58 takes place this Saturday, November 19 LIVE from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with an early start time 5:00 PM ET for the Spike.com show and 7:00 PM ET for the MTV2 show. Bellator World Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defends his belt against his biggest threat to date in No. 1 contender Michael Chandler, and the world’s most dangerous middleweight Hector Lombard puts his 24-fight unbeaten streak on the line when he takes on former UFC fighter Trevor Prangley. The televised portion of the evening will begin at7 p.m. ET and can be seen LIVE on MTV2 and on EPIX in commercial-free HD. The stacked undercard can be seen LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com, starting at 5 p.m. ET.

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