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Sport Bellator signs Russian standout Alexander Shabliy to multifight deal

02:55  23 february  2021
02:55  23 february  2021 Source:   mmajunkie.com

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Bellator continues to ink notable names from the Russian talent pool.

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The most recent Russian addition to the roster is former Absolute Championship Berkut, Fight Nights Global, and ProFC lightweight standout Alexander Shabliy, whom the promotion has signed to a multifight deal.

A Bellator official on Monday confirmed the signing to MMA Junkie following an Instagram post by Shabliy’s manager, Rizvan Magomedov, on Friday. Shabliy (19-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) doesn’t have a publicly known debut date or opponent at this time.

Shabliy, 27, rides a four-fight winning streak into his Bellator tenure with his most recent victory coming in December 2019. His resume includes wins over former UFC fighter Adriano Martins, former Bellator fighters Ryan Quinn and Gleristone Santos, as well as Brazilian standout Alexandre Cidade.

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But considering he’s Russian he’s probably pretty good.. He has a big task ahead of him fighting in the toughest division.. At least UFC didn’t slack with this one. Bellator was hot on the trail he prob chose UFC.

Bellator should help out to keep Rizin alive. I really hope the UFC picks up a couple more people from W125 in Invicta. I wanted to see Blanchfield either get signed or get a Contender series bout, sucks that Leonardo got the Contender Series bout and a contractor and Blanchfield kicked her head off three times.

Sixteen of his 18 professional wins have come by finish. Since 2014, Shabliy has only lost one fight: a split decision defeat to Eduard Vartanyan in November 2016. Shabliy has been submitted once in his professional career, but has never been finished via strikes.

Recently, Shabliy moved his training to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. Since then, he has gotten in training with the likes of Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, Movsar Evloev and Natan Schulte, among numerous other UFC, Bellator, and PFL athletes.

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