The Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinals have been booked
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
Bellator 76, with Martinez advancing by outpointing a game
Malegarie in a hard-fought three-round affair. Fabiano punched
his ticket to the semifinals by submitting hard-hitting Russian
Stepanyan with a first-round armbar. Both Richman and
Shamhalaev also stopped their quarterfinal foes, as Richman knocked
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.