The Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinals have been booked for Bellator 80, as Rad Martinez faces Wagnney Fabiano and Shahbulat Shamhalaev meets Mike Richman at the Nov. 9 event.

Sherdog.com confirmed the matchups with a source close to the promotion on Saturday morning following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com. Bellator 80 takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and will see former featherweight champion Joe Warren square off with Owen Evinger in a bantamweight main event on MTV2.

The featherweight tournament quarterfinals were contested last night at Bellator 76, with Martinez advancing by outpointing a game Nazareno Malegarie in a hard-fought three-round affair. Fabiano punched his ticket to the semifinals by submitting hard-hitting Russian Akop Stepanyan with a first-round armbar. Both Richman and Shamhalaev also stopped their quarterfinal foes, as Richman knocked out Jeremy Spoon with a head kick and ground-and-pound, while Shamhalaev took the fight to the floor and dropped a sustained series of punches on Cody Bollinger until the referee intervened.

The finals of the featherweight draw will be held on Dec. 14 at Bellator 84, which serves as the Season 7 finale. The heavyweight tournament will also conclude at the event, which takes place at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

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