Curran put Shahbulat Shamhalaev to sleep at Bellator 95. | Photo:
Curran dropped the guillotine on Shahbulat
Curran rendered Shamhalaev unconscious with a first-round
guillotine choke, as he retained the Bellator MMA featherweight
championship with a technical submission in the Bellator
95 main event on Thursday at the Revel Resort and Casino in
Atlantic City, N.J. Shamhalaev (12-2-1, 3-1 Bellator MMA) went limp
2:38 into round one.
“I didn’t get hit once in the face,” Curran said. “I wanted to get
in, get out, get back to the gym and rest up; on to the next one.
Everyone coming up in the tournament has a lot of skills and huge
After a brief feeling-out process, Curran (19-4, 9-1 Bellator MMA)
moved in for a sneaky takedown and caught an arm-in guillotine as
Shamhalaev attempted to counter. The 29-year-old Russian fought
valiantly to escape the choke but blacked out within the champion’s
clutches. The defeat snaps Shamhalaev’s streak of six consecutive
‘Frodo’ Outworks Richman, Wins Featherweight Tournament
Unfettered aggression, takedowns and heavy power punches and kicks
spurred the surging Magomedrasul
Khasbulaev to a unanimous decision over Mike
Richman in the Bellator Season 8 featherweight tournament
final. All three judges arrived at the same verdict: 30-27 for
Khasbulaev (21-5, 5-0 Bellator MMA).
Frodo outpointed Richman in a close one.
The win, Khasbulaev’s ninth straight, brought him a $100,000
paycheck and a shot at the Bellator featherweight championship.
Richman (15-3, 4-2 Bellator MMA) had his moments, opening cuts near
both of the Russian’s eyes in the second round. However, he had no
answer for Khasbulaev’s relentless pressure and multi-pronged
standup offensive. The 26-year-old sealed his latest triumph with a
pair of takedowns and timely ground-and-pound in round three.
Marshall KOs Cooper in Middleweight Final
World Extreme Cagefighting champion Doug
Marshall knocked out Brett
Cooper with a savage right hook and standing-to-ground punch in
the Bellator Season 8 middleweight tournament final. Marshall
(18-6, 4-0 Bellator MMA) left the
Kings MMA export unconscious 3:39 into round one, banking a
$100,000 payday and locking down his shot at reigning Bellator
middleweight champion Alexander
Marshall sent Cooper packing.
The two finalists staggered one another during their initial
exchange. Cooper (19-8, 6-3 Bellator MMA) mixed in a pair of
takedowns but failed to keep “The Rhino” grounded and neutralized.
After Marshall rose to his feet for a second time, he created some
separation with a short elbow and then leveled Cooper with a right
hook. Marshall dropped the finishing blow on the defenseless
Cooper, hovered over his fallen foe with arms outstretched and left
no doubt regarding the stoppage.
“If I catch you with the right hand, you’re going to sleep,”
Marshall said. “Man, I hope he’s OK. I was trying to knock his
beard off, but it didn’t come off. Maybe next time.”
Olympian Hawn Dismisses Parisyan
Olympic judoka Rick Hawn
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Karo
Parisyan with a searing overhand right and follow-up punches in
the second round of their welterweight showcase. Parisyan (22-10,
0-1 Bellator MMA) met his end 1:55 into round two, his modest
two-fight winning streak a thing of the past.
Hawn left Parisyan dazed and confused.
After the two men battled to a stalemate in the first round, Hawn
(15-2, 7-2 Bellator MMA) came out firing in the second. The
Tristar Gym representative wobbled Parisyan with an overhand
right, followed it with a series of uppercuts and finished it with
“I wasn’t trying to look for [my right hand] the whole time,” Hawn
said. “I knew that he knew I was waiting for that, so I had to wait
until the second round to mix things up. [He is] a good judo guy. I
felt him in the clinch, and I remember him from back in the old
days. He’s good, so I had to be careful.”
Former Champion Good Outduels Rivera
A punishing clinch game carried former Bellator champion Lyman Good to
his fourth win in five appearances, as he recorded a unanimous
decision over Dante Rivera
in a grueling welterweight match. All three cageside judges scored
it for Good (15-3, 8-3 Bellator MMA): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Good drew “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum into close quarters
throughout the 15-minute battle, attacking him with short punches,
knees and even a second-round takedown. Rivera (15-7, 0-1 Bellator
MMA) tried in vain to answer but found himself outgunned against a
bigger, stronger man.
Nover Outpoints Horcher; DeBlass Stops Brooks
In preliminary action, “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 8 finalist Phillipe
Nover (8-5-1, 2-1 Bellator MMA) took a unanimous decision from
the previously unbeaten Darrell
Horcher (7-1, 2-1 Bellator MMA) at 155 pounds, earning 30-27,
30-27 and 29-28 scores; former two-division Ring of Combat
titleholder Tom DeBlass
(8-2, 1-0 Bellator MMA) dispatched Carlos
Brooks (4-3, 0-1 Bellator MMA) on a doctor’s stoppage in
between rounds two and three of their middleweight affair; onetime
King of the Cage champion Jimmie
Rivera (12-1, 4-0 Bellator MMA) earned a unanimous verdict over
Kelleher (8-4, 0-2 Bellator MMA) with 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28
nods from the judges in a 140-pound catchweight match; Philadelphia
Fight Factory representative Sam Oropeza
(8-2, 1-1 Bellator MMA) was the beneficiary of a controversial
stoppage by referee Bill Bookwalter, as he scored a technical
knockout over Shedrick
Goodridge (3-5, 0-1 Bellator MMA) 4:22 into the second round of
their welterweight bout; Will
Martinez (6-2-1, 3-0 Bellator MMA) knocked out Michael Brent
Hess (3-2, 0-1 Bellator MMA) with brutal ground-and-pound 4:15 into
round one of their featherweight duel; Kevin Roddy
(13-14-1, 1-0 Bellator MMA) submitted Brylan
Van Artsdalen (7-6, 1-6 Bellator MMA) with an armbar 64 seconds
into the second round of their featherweight encounter; and
McGeary (4-0, 1-0 Bellator MMA) kept his perfect professional
record intact, as he put away Anton
Talamantes (5-4, 0-2 Bellator MMA) with punches and elbows 78
seconds into their light heavyweight scrap.
Rivera put Kelleher in 'wrestler mode' early on.