Alexander Shlemenko wasted little time showing fans why he is still a force in the middleweight division Friday night at Bellator 162.
The former champion dominated Kendall Grove, earning a second round TKO victory in his return to the promotion after serving a suspension for a failed drug test. The main card aired live on Spike from the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
While away from Bellator and the U.S., Shlemenko did pick up a pair of wins. He continued his streak with a victory over the former UFC fighter Grove to cap the night.
In the co-main event, Bobby Lashley improved to 5-0 with Bellator by submitting Josh Appelt. The heavyweight, who also wrestles for TNA, has finished all five of his Bellator opponents.
Goiti Yamauchi submitted Ryan Couture in the first round with an armbar, while Hisaki Kato stopped A.J. Matthews, also in the first round.
Results can be found below:
Alexander Shlemenko def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) at 1:43 of Round 2
Bobby Lashley def. Josh Appelt via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of Round 2
Goiti Yamauchi def. Ryan Couture via submission (armbar) at 1:01 of Round 1
Hisaki Kato def. A.J. Matthews via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 1
Chase Gormley def. Bobby Brents via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Virgil Zwicker def. Dan Charles via TKO (strikes) at 4:31 of Round 2
Julia Budd def. Arlene Blencowe via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-27)
Ricky Rainey def. Gilbert Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Steve Garcia def. Ronnie Lawrence via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)