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Bellator middleweight title fight Nov. 19

Bellator Season 5 middleweight tournament finalists Alexander Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna will fight for the championship Nov. 19 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., promoter Bjorn Rebney confirmed.

Shlemenko and Vianna advanced to the final with TKO victories Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

"The middleweights have absolutely brought it this season," Rebney said. "Vitor Vianna, who is known for his submission game, has proven that he has dynamite in his hands.

"Alexander Shlemenko is absolutely one of the most exciting and explosive middleweights in the world."

Shlemenko landed several knees in the second round to finish hard-hitting Brian Rogers. He improved to 42-7 (26 knockouts).

Vianna (12-1-1) connected with an overhand right en route to stopping Bryan Baker 54 seconds into the first round.

Both Shlemenko and Vianna have won five fights in a row. The tournament winner will walk away with $100,000 and a shot at Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil