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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rad Martinez of West Jordan poses before embarking on the biggest fight of his career in February 2013 at the Maverik Center in the Bellator MMA Featherweight Tournament Finals. He lost, but the Bellator considerd the event a success.
Bellator returns to Utah, bringing a ‘Storm’ with it
MMA » Utahn Rad Martinez highlights undercard in final fight of his career.
First Published Mar 27 2014 03:53 pm • Last Updated Mar 27 2014 08:50 pm

Alexander Shlemenko is bringing a "Storm" to Salt Lake City.

Schlemenko he will put his 12-fight win streak and Middleweight World Title on the line against Tournament winner Brennan Ward in Bellator 114 main event at the Maverik Center on Friday.

At a glance

Bellator 114

Friday at the Maverik Center, West Valley City

» First bouts begin at 5 p.m. Main card starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

TV » Spike TV

Friday’s main card at the Maverik Center

Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight » Brennan Ward (9-1) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (49-7)

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semifinal » Desmond Green (10-2) vs. Will Martinez (9-2-1)

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semifinal » Daniel Weichel (32-8) vs. Matt Bessette (13-4)

Bellator Middleweight Tournament Semifinal » Kendall Grove (19-13) vs. Brett Cooper (19-9)

Preliminary bouts

Featherweight Feature Fight » Rad Martinez (14-3) vs. Edson Berto (17-11-1)

Lightweight Feature Fight » Justin Wilcox (13-6) vs. Jason Fischer (6-2)

Welterweight Feature Fight » Ron Keslar (11-5) vs. Jordan Smith (18-5-1)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight » Linton Vassell (12-3) vs. Trevor Carlson (7-1)

Welterweight Feature Fight » Gavin Sterritt (5-1) vs. Mike Estus (5-1)

Welterweight Feature Fight » Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Mike Arrant (13-8)

Lightweight Feature Fight » Bubba Jenkins (6-1) vs. Sean Powers (8-4)

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Bellator is the world’s largest tournament-based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Their events are televised to nearly 500 million homes in over 140 countries, according to the organization.

Aside from the main event, Bellator 114 is loaded with several compelling storylines, but none bigger than Utah’s own Rad Martinez. The West Jordan resident as will make his MMA career farewell Friday, taking on Edson Berto. The 35 year-old Martinez is 4-1 in his Bellator career.

There will be a great mix of fighter techniques on display at the Maverik Center. Former NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins (6-1) will face Sean Powers to start off the evening. Ron Keslar will follow, taking on Jordan Smith. Keslar has five victories by first-round finish.

The Bellator Featherweight Tournament also continues with Daniel Weichel battling Matt Bessette and Desmond Green facing Will Martinez in the semifinal rounds.

The evening’s main card will be broadcast live on Spike TV, but the prelims will be streamed live on Spike.com starting at 5 p.m.




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