Recently signed standout Russian middleweight Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko’s first opponent during EliteXC’s Oct. 10 ShoXC event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana will be Texas-based middleweight Bubba McDaniel.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the matchup after contacting McDaniel via text message.
Shlemenko, the 2005 World Pankration champion is 21-3 while McDaniel is 11-4. The matchup should make for an interesting blend of styles as Shlemenko is known for his standup skills while McDaniel is very capable on the ground.
It was McDaniel’s submission ability that allowed him to tap ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala “Kolohe” Hose at 0:41 of round 1 in a non-title encounter during EliteXC’s “Return of the King” undercard on June 14 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The addition of the Shlemenko vs. McDaniel match now completes the five-bout SHOWTIME telecast that will be headlined by heavyweights Dave Herman (11-0) vs. TUF 2 veteran Kerry Schall (21-10), Polish sensation Mamed Khalidov vs. TUF 8 veteran Jason Guida in a light heavyweight attractive, welterweights Anthony Lapsley vs. Mike Stumpf, and Lyle Beerbohm vs. Rafaello Olivera.
Non-televised bouts include welterweights Hector Urbina vs. Tiawan Howard and featherweights (150 lbs.) Torrance Taylor vs. former UFC veteran Jeff Cox.