It was a busy night at Bellator 90, as the promotion delivered tournament action from three divisions! Topping the lineup was the postponed Season 7 featherweight fight between Rad Martinez-Shahbulat Shamhalaev, pitting two of the sport’s rising stars at 145 pounds against each other with a title-shot and sizeable paycheck on the line.
Entering the affair, Shamhalaev held a career mark of 11-1-1 and hadn’t been beaten in ten tilts, while the 14-2 Martinez was overwhelming favorite considering his roots in Utah and the show’s backdrop of Salt Lake City.
When the dust settled, the Russian reigned supreme, smashing Martinez in the second round of their rumble. Shamhalaev hurt Martinez with a series of strikes, and while the hometown product made a valiant attempt at coming back he ultimately gave in to the damage when an overhand right put his lights out. Up next for Shamhalaev is the winner of the upcoming title-fight between Pat Curran (c) and Daniel Straus, slated for April 4.
Also scheduled for the event, Season 8 semifinals will unfold at welterweight between Ben Saunders-Raul Amaya/Douglas Lima-Bryan Baker and light heavyweight Mikhail Zayats-Jacob Noe/Muhammed Lawal-Emanuel Newton. Incredibly, all of the semifinals featured first-frame finishes though none more impressive than Newton’s knockout of Lawal. The stoppage came after Newton landed a perfectly-timed spinning backfist, blasting “King Mo” into la-la land to pull off the upset. Saunders finished Amaya in similarly spectacular fashion with a head kick, while Lima’s hands were too much for Baker and Zayats scored a submission.
Read below for a rundown of Bellator 90 winners/losers:
Shanon Slack def. Josh Tyler via Submission Round 3 (Peruvian Necktie)
Lionel Lanham def. Joe Rodriguez via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Sean Powers def. David Allred via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jesse Juarez def. Jordan Smith via Split Decision Travis Marx def. Chase Beebe via Unanimous Decision
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via Knockout Round 1 (Head Kick)
Mikhail Zayats def. Jacob Noe via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Douglas Lima def. Bryan Baker via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Emanuel Newton def. Mo Lawal via Knockout Round 1 (Spinning Backfist)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Rad Martinez via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
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