Rad Martinez to Battle Shahbulat Shamhalaev in Bellator Featherweight Finale February 21st
Rad Martinez will face Shabulat Shamhalaev on February 21st to determine who will win Bellator’s latest featherweight tourney and entrench a championship bout. The tourney finale will be hosted by Salt Lake City’s Maverik Center and will be broadcast live on SPIKE.
Martinez (14-2) has scored unanimous decision wins over Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano to make his way to the tournament championship. The 25 year-old Utah fighter is currently riding a five fight win streak.
“To have the opportunity to fight in Salt Lake City for the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Championship is just a dream come true,” Martinez said in a press release from the promotion. “Utah has a great base of MMA fans, but we’ve never had a big MMA promotion come to Salt Lake City, so it’s a great honor to be headlining Utah’s first large scale MMA event.”
Shamhalaev (11-1), on the other hand, is coming off first round, stoppage wins over Mike Richman and Cody Bollinger. The 29 year-old Russian fighter is undefeated in ten bouts.
“Shamhalaev is incredibly quick and versatile, and brings a lot of things to the table, so I know I have my work cut out for me,” Martinez said. “Fans know that any time I step into the cage you can expect a war, and nothing will change for this fight.”
The February 21st event will also feature the semifinals of Bellator’s next light-heavyweight tourney, which will feature established vets like Seth Petruzelli, “King Mo” Lawal and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.