Fresh off his first round knockout victory at Super Fight League (SFL) 2 against Ikuhisa Minowa in Chandigarh, India, Bellator season two and five middleweight tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko, was involved in a car accident on Wed., April 11, 2012 in his home country of Russia.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news with "Storm's" manager, Alexei Zhernakov.
The report states that the vehicle Schlemenko was riding in was struck by a drunk driver. Alexander was immediately taken to the hospital where it was discovered he suffered a broken collarbone and a dislocated thumb. A winner of eight straight fights, the 185-pound fighter will now be forced to sit on the sidelines for several months to heal from his injuries.
It's a tough break for the Russian, who was on quite the hot streak, winning 14 out of his last 15 bouts with his only loss coming at the hands of Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard.
Shlemenko won his first 185-pound Bellator tournament in 2010 by defeating Bryan Baker in the finals, but fell short in a valiant effort against the aforementioned Lombard in the championship fight. He went on to defeat Vitor Vianna in season five's tournament to earn another shot at the title, but hasn't returned to action with Bellator since, instead competing outside of the organization twice, winning both contests.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com as more details surface.