has learned that EliteXC has signed 2005 World Pankration champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko to a multi-fight contract.

Sources have indicated that he will make his EliteXC debut during the promotion’s Oct. 10 ShoXC event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana

Shlemenko, rated as one of the top middleweights in Russia, is 21-3 and has competed for notable promotions such as M-1 in Russia, BodogFIGHT in Vancouver, and Jungle Fight in Brazil.

His most highly-publicized win in front of U.S. audiences took place during the television taping for the final season of BodogFIGHT last year. Facing Scott Henze in August of 2007, Shlemenko needed just 57 seconds into the fight to win via knockout.

He has also been involved in notable losses while competing in Brazil. At Jungle Fight 5 in November of 2005, Shlemenko suffered a decision loss against Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons.

Shlemenko returned at Jungle Fight 6 in April of 2006 where he lost to DREAM middleweight Grand Prix finalist Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at 2:10 of round 1 after submitting to an arm triangle.

He would fight on a World Free Fight Challenge card in September of 2006 in a rematch against Landi-Jons, but ended up losing another decision.