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Alexander Shlemenko losing streak continues, this time in the Russian Combat Sambo Championships

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Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko suffered another disappointing defeat this week.

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After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time since 2006, Alexander Shlemenko added to his losing skid when he returned to his home country to take part in the Russian Combat Sambo Championships.

According to, the tournament, which was held in St. Petersburg, saw the former Bellator middleweight champion compete in 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) weight category. He was arguably the most notable competitor in the tournament.

However, Shlemenko was faced with an unexpected challenge early on in the tournament - Russian MMA fighter Magomed Magomedov. The ‘Fight Nights' staple dominated Shlemenko en route to a staggering 12:0 score.

Magomedov, who is 5-1 in his MMA career, went on to win the gold medal at the tournament.

After embarking on a 13-fight winning streak dating back to his Bellator 34 loss to Hector Lombard, Shlemenko has now lost two consecutive MMA fights in 2014. His first loss came at the hands of former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, while the second was rear-naked choke loss to Brandon Halsey to surrender his middleweight title.