Pat Curran’s second featherweight title defense is now official, as challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev was given the green light during his second trip to the scale at Wednesday’s Bellator 95 weigh-in.

Curran tipped the scales at 144.7 pounds, while Shamhalaev checked in at an even 146 on his first try before matching Curran’s weight on his second attempt. Although most athletic commissions allow fighters a one-pound allowance, Bellator requires that competitors come in under the divisional limit to compete for a title.

Bellator 95 takes place at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., and will also see Brett Cooper (185.2) lock horns with former WEC light heavyweight king Doug Marshall (185.4) in the evening’s co-main event. The show’s main card airs live on Spike TV and will also feature the Season 8 featherweight tournament finals pitting the hard-punching Mike Richman (145.1) against Dagestani talent Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.4). UFC veteran Karo Parisyan (171) will also make his Bellator debut in the evening’s first televised bout, as “The Heat” takes on former lightweight title challenger Rick Hawn (170.7) in a welterweight duel.

Prior to the Spike TV broadcast, the preliminary card streams live on Spike.com and will see former welterweight champion Lyman Good (170.8) square off with Renzo Gracie pupil Dante Rivera (170.9). UFC veteran Tom DeBlass (185.9) will also compete on the undercard, toeing the line against fellow Ring of Combat alum Carlos Brooks (188.8).

Bellator 95 Weigh-in Results

Pat Curran (144.7) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (144.7)
Mike Richman (145.1) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.4)
Brett Cooper (185.2) vs. Doug Marshall (185.4)
Rick Hawn (170.7) vs. Karo Parisyan (171)
Lyman Good (170.8) vs. Dante Rivera (170.9)
Sam Oropeza (170.5) vs. Shedrick Goodridge (172.8)*
Tom DeBlass (185.9) vs. Carlos Brooks (188)*
Darrell Horcher (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (156)
Brian Kelleher (139.5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (139.3)
Will Martinez (144.9) vs. Michael Hess (145.9)
Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.2) vs. Kevin Roddy (146)
Liam McGeary (204) vs. Anton Talamantes (205)

* Neither Goodrich nor Brooks hit his contracted weight and must forfeit a portion of his purse.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Galvao to defend Bellator bantamweight title in rematch against Dantas

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Marcos Galvao will have his first title defense against his former teammate and former champion, Eduardo Dantas, who knocked him out back in 2013. Two Brazilian bantamweights will meet again for the read news >>

Former champ Pat Curran meets Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

Another important matchup has been added to Bellator's next tentpole event. Former featherweight champion Pat Curran will meet Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145: Vengeance on Nov. 6 in St. Louis, the o read news >>

Former Bellator champ Pat Curran faces UFC vet Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

Justin Lawrence will return to the Bellator cage for the second time when he faces former featherweight champion Pat Curran at Bellator 145.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 145 Draws Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence Main Card Bout

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator's featherweight championship will be defended in the main event of Bellator 145, but former champ Pat Curran will also face Justin Lawrence on the card. read news >>

Bellator 145: 'American Kidd' Justin Lawrence vs Pat Curran fight set for Scottrade Center

  • 12 days ago
  • 3 views

Another big Featherweight fight is signed for Bellator MMA's return to St. Louis as "The American Kidd" Justin Lawrence will meet former champion Pat Curran. Former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) competi read news >>

Paul Daley Prepares for Glory Against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator MMA competitors Paul Daley and Fernando Gonzalez will set up shop inside the GLORY kickboxing ring and showcase their striking skills at Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. read news >>

Joe Warren vs. L.C. Davis, Beltran vs. Grove headline Bellator 143 in Texas

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator will return to Texas for the first time since March of 2012 when the promotion heads to the “Lone Star State” for Bellator 143.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez set as kickboxing bout at 'Bellator 142: Dynamite'

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA welterweights Paul Daley and Fernando Gonzalez will trade in their MMA gloves for kickboxing mitts at next month’s combined Bellator MMA and GLORY spectacular.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Paul Daley takes on Fernando Gonzalez in kickboxing match at Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Paul Daley has his opponent set for Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. The British star will meet Fernando Gonzalez in a kickboxing match on the hybrid card Sept. 19 in San Jose, sources told MMAFighting.com. read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk interested in training with Ronda Rousey before next UFC title defense

  • 24 days ago
  • 18 views

These two champions sharing their secrets with one another? Probably not what the rest of the UFC women's strawweight and bantamweight division want to see. Ronda Rousey already gave her seal of appr read news >>