Bellator makes their first trip into Utah this Thursday night with Bellator 90: Shamhalaev vs. Martinez. The action goes down at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, and the event will be aired on Spike TV. The show is set to feature the previously delayed Season 7 featherweight tournament finals between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez, in addition to the semifinal round of the Season 8 welterweight tournament and semifinal round of the light heavyweight field as well.
As usual, Fighters.com will be bringing you wall to wall coverage of the event including live results and full play-by-play of the main card. Make sure you refresh your browser to stay updated during the event and feel free to chip in our Comments section as the fireworks unfold in the cage!
Bellator 90: Shamhalaev Vs Martinez
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Maverik Center / West Valley City, Utah
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Rad Martinez via technical knockout at 2:12 of round 2*
Emanuel Newton def King Mo Lawal via knockout at 2:35 of round 1**
Douglas Lima def. Bryan Baker via technical knockout at 2:34 of round 1***
Mikhail Zayats def. Jacob Noe via submission at 3:38 of round 1 (armbar)**
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via knockout at 2:56 of round 1 ***
Travis Marx def. Chase Beebe via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Jesse Juarez def. Jordan Smith via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Sean Powers def. David Allred via submission at 2:10 of round 3 (rear naked choke)
Lionel Lanham def. Joe Rodriguez via technical knockout at :49 of round 1
Shanon Slack(146 lbs) vs. Josh Tyler(145.8 lbs)
*Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Final
**Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
***Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
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Jacob Noe vs. Mikhail Zayats
Noe takes the center and Zayats almost imidiately drops Noe with a right hook and jumps in his half guard. Noe is holding on for dear life and doing well to protect himself,but he is already bleeding heavy. Zayats working some ground and pound, and Noe is slowly coming around. Noe is bleeding from the mouth. Zayats moves into mount, and postures up and starts pounding on Noe. Zayats rolls for an arm bar, and gets the tap from Noe. Flawless victory for Zayats.
Mikhail Zayats def. Jacob Noe via submission at 3:38 of round 1 (armbar)
Bryan Baker vs. Douglas Lima
Round 1 (ref Jason Herzog)
The feeling out begins, and Lima taking the center. Lima is working the leg kicks but not much going on in the fight so far. Baker is going to want to start checking those. Baker not doing much but circling. Lima is following him around. Lima lands a right hand, and Baker is out cold. Baker’s head sprung back like a spring.
Douglas Lima def. Bryan Baker via technical knockout at 2:34 of round 1
King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton
Round 1 (ref Rob Hinds)
Newton takes the center, and lands a right hand. Lawal has his hands down, and looking to counter. Lawal lands a nice right hand counter, and then a nice combination. Newton lands a big right hand on Lawal, and Lawal coming forward. Newton doing good ending combos with kicks. A spinning back fist knocks Lawal clean out! WOW! Lawal went over like a tree.
Emanuel Newton def King Mo Lawal via knockout at 2:35 of round 1
Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez
Shamhalaev takes the center, and the feeling out begins as they exchange leg kicks. Shamhalaev content to land leg kicks, and Martinez isn’t doing much. Shamhalaev lands two big left hands, they were off balance shots he wasn’t rocked, but he did drop both times. Martinez back up like a spring. Martinez opening up a bit, but Shamhalaev is really landing the leg kicks over and over. Martinez shoots for the single leg, and Shamhalaev right on his back. Martinez goes to work on the ground and pound. Shamhalaev doing a good job defending most of the shots, and he scrambles to his feet as the round ends.
Fighters.com score: 10-9 Shamhalaev
Shamhalaev coming forward again, and we are back to the feeling out process. Shamhalaev lands a nice body shot, and a nice right hand. Martinez is throwing these week low kicks that are barely glancing Shamhalaev. Shamhalaev lands a head kick and he is rocked. Shamhalaev follows up with a knee and Martinez is really on queer street. An overhand right toppled over, and fell straight back.
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Rad Martinez via technical knockout at 2:12 of round 2