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Shlemenko wins vacant Bellator title

Updated: February 8, 2013, 6:06 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

It was just a formality.

That's the way Alexander Shlemenko described his fight Thursday night with Maiquel Falcao for the vacant Bellator middleweight title at the Gwinnet Center in Duluth, Ga.

There was no doubt in Shlemenko's mind that Falcao would be able to last more than a few rounds. And the hard-hitting Russian could not have been more accurate in his prefight assessment.

He knocked out Falcao at 2:18 of the second round to capture the title vacated by Hector ...

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