Season-opener Bellator 99 adds Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall title fight | News

Bellator will kick off its ninth season and conclude its new "Fight Master" reality show on Sept. 7 with Bellator 99, a live event that features a title fight.

Officials today announced a headliner between middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (47-7 MMA, 8-1 BFC) and recent tournament winner Doug Marshall (18-6 MMA, 4-0 BFC).

Bellator 99 takes place Sept. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. A three-hour main card airs on Spike TV (8 p.m. ET/PT) following prelims on (6 p.m. ET).

Bellator 99 takes place on a Saturday, but subsequent Season 9 events move to Fridays, as official recently confirmed.

As announced Wednesday, the event also features former featherweight champion Joe Warren (8-3 MMA, 6-2 BFC) vs. Nick Kirk (10-2 MMA, 0-2 BFC) in the opening round of a bantamweight tournament. The event also features the start of a middleweight tournament.