Shahbulat Shamhalaev will have to wait another week to compete. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Suffering from food poisoning, the 29-year-old Russian was forced to exit his bout with Rad Martinez in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 7 featherweight tournament final at Bellator 83 on Friday at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
“He’s been throwing up most of the day,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “He was throwing up in the locker room. The commission saw him, and, of course, it’s incumbent upon them to look out for the safety of the fighters.”
The Martinez-Shamhalaev final was immediately rescheduled for Bellator 84, scheduled for Dec. 14 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
Leone shocked Makovsky.
Leone (12-5, 2-2 Bellator) was superior in the scrambles and in the clinch, perhaps catching Makovsky -- who wrestled collegiately at Drexel University -- by surprise. The stage was set early, as Leone answered a single-leg takedown in the first round by immediately returning to an upright position. From there, he sapped Makovsky’s spirit in the clinch, mixing in combinations when the chance arose.
Makovsky (14-4, 6-2 Bellator) struck for a pair of takedowns in round two but failed to capitalize on them, as his relentless foe either rose to his feet or moved into top position. The third round was clearly Leone’s, as he scrambled on top after a failed guillotine choke attempt, twice passing the Makovsky guard into side control.
“I feel amazing,” Leone said. “I love the judges tonight.”
“I’m prepared because of my camp,” Eye said. “This is a long time coming.”
The Ring of Combat veteran met Gurgel in the center of the cage and clobbered her with a pair of right hands -- one standing, the other on the ground -- during their initial exchange. Eye (9-1, 4-0 Bellator) moved immediately to the clinch as the wobbled champion rose to her feet, cinching the choke against the cage. After a brief struggle, Gurgel (12-2, 6-1 Bellator) went limp, and the fight, along with her seven-fight winning streak, was done.
“I was kind of like an anaconda; I just kept getting tighter and tighter,” Eye said. “I didn’t want to let go until someone told me to.”
Horcher outpointed Liguori.
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