Bellator 95 lineup finalized with Richman-Khasbulaev final, Parisyan-Hawn


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)

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

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

The fight card is set for next month’s Bellator 126 event, which includes a title fight and a tournament final.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

The lineup is set for Friday’s Cage Warriors 71 event, which streams live and free on MMAjunkie with a headlining title fight.Filed under: Cage Warriors, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

Bellator MMA will return to Michigan next month with the light heavyweight title on the line. Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

Next month’s UFC return to Connecticut has its lineup set with 11 fights, including 10 televised bouts on FOX Sports 1. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

The 12-bout lineup is set for next month's "UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson" event, but if you want to watch it live, prepare for some early-morning MMA. The event, which takes place Sept. 20 at read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 9 views

The lineup is set for October’s UFC Fight Night 53 event, which marks the organization’s return to Sweden.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

The lineup is set for next month’s Bellator 124 event at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s return to Sweden next month will feature four main-card bouts on UFC Fight Pass following a full slate of prelims.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will defend his title against Joey Beltran when Bellator 124 takes place Sept. 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich. read news >>