Shlemenko vs. Hess, Schambari vs. Baker II Set for Bellator Middleweight Semis

Following Thursday's Bellator 16 event, CEO Bjorn Rebney announced that Alexander Shlemenko vs. Jared Hess and Eric Schambari vs. Bryan Baker will make up the organization's middleweight semi-finals.

The middleweight semi-finals will take place at Bellator 20 on May 27, however no city or venue has been announced.

Shlemenko (28-4) showed off his impressive and unconventional arsenal of strikes en route to defeating Matt Major via unanimous decision. The win marked his fourth in a row.

Meanwhile, Hess, who lost to Hector Lombard in the finals of Bellator's first middleweight tournament, submitted former IFL middleweight champion Ryan McGivern in the second round.

Baker, a Team Wildman Vale Tudo member, defeated Sean Loeffler via first-round TKO, while Schambari submitted Zachrich via arm-triangle choke in the first round. Both men improved their records to 12-1.

Baker defeated Schambari at WEC 31 in December 2007 via split decision. The loss is the only one Schambari has suffered in his five-year career.

Bellator 17 takes place next Thursday in Boston. Eddie Alvarez vs. Josh Neer and Roger Huerta vs. Pat Curran are the featured bouts on the card.

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