When Brett Cooper was knocked out by Doug Marshall in the finals of the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament, he probably thought he would have to climb up the ladder before getting a title shot.
Fortunately for Cooper, Marshall has suffered a hand injury, which has forced him out of his upcoming title fight against Alexander Shlemenko. Cooper will now face Shlemenko for the Bellator Middleweight title at Bellator 98, Sept. 7.
Not only will Cooper get a chance to win his first MMA championship, but also he will have the opportunity to avenge a decision loss he suffered at the hands of Shlemenko back in 2011.
With both fighters having a combined 40 knockout/TKO victories, it will surely be an exciting fight when it comes to the stand up.
Prior to facing Marshall had been riding a six-fight winning streak. As for Shlemenko, he is currently on a 10-fight winning streak and is on the verse of becoming one of Bellator’s top stars.
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