After a three-month delay, Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev have a return date for their featherweight tournament final.

Bellator Fighting Championships officials announced on Friday that Martinez and Shamhalaev will square off at Bellator 90 on Feb. 21. The event takes place at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will also include the semifinals of the promotion’s upcoming light heavyweight tournament. The evening’s main draw will be broadcast live on Spike TV, while the preliminary card airs on Spike.com.

Martinez and Shahbulat were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 83 on Dec. 7, but the 29-year-old Russian had to withdraw from the bout after experiencing symptoms consistent with food poisoning. The winner of the featherweight tournament receives $100,000 and a shot at the 145-pound belt.

“To have the opportunity to fight in Salt Lake City for the Bellator featherweight tournament championship is just a dream come true,” said Martinez, a native of West Jordan, Utah. “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.”

Martinez carries a five-fight winning streak into his showdown with Shamhalaev, including tournament triumphs over Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano. The 25-year-old victory MMA representative has tasted defeat just twice in 16 professional appearances to date.

Shamhalaev, 29, punched his ticket to the featherweight final with a pair of first-round knockouts, stopping Cody Bollinger in 4:49 at Bellator 76 and finishing Mike Richman in 1:45 at Bellator 79. Unbeaten in his last 10 outings, Shamhalaev has not lost since he was submitted by current UFC talent Khabib Nurmagomedov in November 2009.

“A fight between Rad and Shahbulat would be special anywhere you put it,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “But to have the opportunity to make this fight happen in Salt Lake City with the ties Rad has to Utah is an incredible opportunity we couldn’t pass up. It’s been a long time coming, but Feb. 21 is shaping up to be a huge night of fights.”

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

Related News

Bellator sets champ McGeary vs. Ortiz, announces four-man, single-night tourney

  • 10 days ago
  • 6 views

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker is at it again, bringing back the concept of a single-night tournament for September’s Bellator event, which will also feature three GLORY kickboxing contests, as w read news >>

Tito Ortiz vs. Liam McGeary, one-night tourney headline Bellator-GLORY hybrid show

  • 10 days ago
  • 4 views

Tito Ortiz is coming back to the Bellator cage. And so is the tournament format. Ortiz will challenge Liam McGeary for the Bellator MMA light heavyweight title in the main event of a Bellator-GLORY h read news >>

Bellator 'Dynamite' to feature title fight, one-night light heavyweight tourney, and GLORY kickboxing in San Jose

  • 10 days ago
  • 12 views

This coming September, Bellator will head to the city that Scott Coker made synonymous with Strikeforce in an event that Spike senior vice president of sports, Jon Slusser, called Spike's "biggest ev read news >>

Bellator: Dynamite to Include McGeary-Ortiz, One-Night Tourney, Glory Kickboxing

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

Ahead of Bellator 138, promotional President Scott Coker took the opportunity to announce its next "tent pole" event, and it is a big one. Speaking with the assembled media, Coker announced that Bell read news >>

Bellator 141 tourney fighter Phil Davis: I'm 'all the way happy' I left UFC

  • 7 days ago
  • 45 views

ST. LOUIS – Phil Davis didn’t quite picture entering a four-man tournament after signing with Bellator. But now that he’s here, he’s glad he made the jump from the UFC.Filed under: Bellator, Featured read news >>

Scott Coker: Bellator originally wanted an eight-man tourney at Bellator 141

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 views

ST. LOUIS – When Bellator MMA recently announced a one-night four-man tournament, it surprised almost everyone in the MMA world. But the initial vision was a bit more ambitious.Filed under: Bellator, read news >>

Emanuel Newton: Time to step back into that fleshy realm for Bellator tourney

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

Reading between the lines of Emanuel Newton’s unique message, the former Bellator champion probably didn’t train as hard as he could have for recent fights. Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, Ne read news >>

Linton Vassell: I'm the underdog – and the guy to beat – in Bellator tourney

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

Light heavyweight Linton Vassell has appeared five times in Bellator’s cage. And yet when he fights in a light-heavyweight tourney later this year, most of the attention will be on his competition. F read news >>

WSOF 21 title challenger Blagoi Ivanov left Bellator for better opportunities

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Blagoi Ivanov hasn’t fought since a loss to Alexander Volkov in May 2014 under the Bellator MMA banner. Recently, though, the heavyweight veteran popped up in an entirely new promotion: WSOFFiled und read news >>

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson seeks dismissal of injunction in Bellator lawsuit

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's legal team has taken the next step in its ongoing battle with former promoter Bellator. Jackson's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the injunction placed upon him by a N read news >>