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At Bellator 133 Alexander Shlemenko may have just spinning struck Melvin Manhoef into early retirement

At Bellator 133 Alexander Shlemenko may have just spinning struck Melvin Manhoef into early retirement

Alexander Shlemenko will still be throwing spinning strikes in his backyard when he’s in his 60s. Shlemenko was put on this earth to fling poetic spinning attacks at other human beings.

Coming off two memory shattering knockout defeats in the span of six months, Melvin Manhoef was trapped in a corner going into the cage with Shlemenko. Some neurologists have compared being concussed to a 35 mile per hour car crashing into a brick wall within the confines of the human skull.

Heading into Bellator 133 the 38 year old Manhoef’s internal light switch had been flicked on then off one too many times. Midway through the second round a spinning backfist from Shlemenko shut down Manhoef’s hopes of one more moment of Bellator glory. Shlemenko connected with a punch that caused Manhoef to stutter step and before the Surinamese-Dutch fighter could recover, the Russian swarmed with a blitz of unblocked punches.

The official time of Shlemenko’s KO was the 1:25 mark of round two.

Shlemenko has now won two fights in a row and he still throws violent punches with the same facial expression a person has when a new parent rocks their two month old baby to sleep. A calm, stone cold killer Shlemenko will remain a centerpiece of CokeAtor.

For Manhoef, the once deadly striker with a step through chin, has now been knocked unconscious three times since July 2014. With his loss to Shlemenko at Bellator 133, the Manhoef retirement tour may have to be kicked into full gear sometime in the next 12 months.

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