Tonight’s lineup for Bellator 83 was highlighted by conflicts featuring names from the organization’s past, present, and future. Headlined by a featherweight tournament final between Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev, the card also involved champ Zoila Gurgel in action against Jessica Eye and former bantamweight title-holder Zach Makovsky taking on Anthony Leone.
Martinez came to the public’s attention after a touching ESPN feature on him caring for his handicapped father, though he’s certainly backed up the hype with a 14-2 record including five straight wins. Comparably, the 11-1-1 Shamhalaev has been impressive as of late too, scoring first round knockouts in both of his tournament tilts.
Unfortunately, their tilt was ultimately cancelled when Shamhalaev came down with food poisoning shortly before the show. The match-up has been rescheduled for next Friday night’s show.
Meanwhile, Gurgel and Makovsky may have entered their respective rumbles as a favorite to win but both exited the efforts with a loss in tow. Gurgel’s occurred in the opening minute of action when Eye put her to sleep with a slick Standing Arm-Triangle Choke, while Makovsky came up short on the scorecards against a very game Leone.
Check out the full rundown of Bellator 83 results below:
Claudio Ledesma def. Bo Harris via Unanimous Decision
Tuan Pham def. Matthew Lozano via Unanimous Decision
Terrell Hobbs def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Darrell Horcher def. Chris Liguori via Unanimous Decision
Mike Wessel def. Alexei Kudin via Unanimous Decision
Jimmie Rivera def. Jesse Brock via Unanimous Decision
Jessica Eye def. Zoila Gurgel via Technical Submission Round 1 (Standing Arm-Triangle Choke)
Anthony Leone def. Zach Makovsky via Split Decision
Rad Martinez vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev*
* – Bout will be contested next week
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