karo-parisyan-6.jpgThe lineup is set for next month’s stacked Bellator 95 card, which includes a title fight, two tournament finals, and an intriguing bout between notable judokas.

The event takes place April 4 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey, and the main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

As previously announced, the headliner pits featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) against recent tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC). Additionally, the co-headliner features Brett Cooper (19-7 MMA, 6-2 BFC) vs. Doug Marshall (17-6 MMA, 3-0 BFC) in the Season 8 middleweight-tournament final.

Bellator 95's main card has two new additions: a Season 8 featherweight-tournament final between Mike Richman (15-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC) and Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev (20-5 MMA, 4-0 BFC), as well as Bellator vet Rick Hawn (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan (22-9 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in a 170-pound clash.

Richman, who posted a semifinal finish in a Season 7 tournament after a loss to Shamhalaev, advanced to the Season 8 final with a TKO of Mitch Jackson and a split-decision victory over Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra. “The Marine” now meets Khasbulaev, who advanced to the final with stoppage wins over Fabricio Guerreiro and Marlon Sandro. The Russian has now won eight straight fights, including seven via submission.

Hawn, meanwhile, fights for the first time since a submission loss to lightweight champ Michael Chandler in January. The title loss came after a Season 4 tournament runner-up finish and then a Season 6 tourney championship. He takes on fellow judo standout Parisyan, a former UFC fighter who makes his promotional debut. After a 1-4 skid from 2010-2012, Parisyan has posted back-to-back submission wins in the Gladiator Challenge promotion.

The full Bellator 95 card includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev – for featherweight title
  • Brett Cooper vs. Doug Marshall – middleweight-tournament final
  • Magomedrasul Khasbulaev vs. Mike Richman – featherweight-tournament final
  • Rick Hawn vs. Karo Parisyan

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera
  • Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza
  • Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass
  • Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes
  • Brett Martinez vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen

For the latest on Bellator 95, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Karo Parisyan)

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