Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (Dec. 7, 2012) to the Caesar's Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the season seven featherweight tournament finals and two former champions battling tough challenges.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 83 below, beginning with the MTV2 telecast at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, we'll deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the undercard action much earlier in the evening (beginning at 5:00 p.m.) as well as a live stream of all the action.
Headlining the main event of Bellator 83 will be a season seven featherweight tournament finale pitting vicious Russian striker Shahbulat Shamhalaev against scrappy American wrestler Rad Martinez. The winner will take home $100,000 and a shot at the 145 pound title, although they'll have to wait in line behind both Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus.
Our complete Bellator 83 quick results, live stream and main card play-by-play are posted below!
145 lbs.: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez CANCELLED due to food poisoning
135 lbs.: Anthony Leone def. Zach Makovsky via split decision
125 lbs.: Jessica Eye vs. Zoila Gurgel via technical submission (standing arm triangle) at 0:58 of round one
155 lbs.: Darrel Horcher def. Chris Liguori via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Terrell Hobbs def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:07 of round one
125 lbs.: Tuan Pham def. Matthew Lozano via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Claudio Ledesma def. David Harris via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera def. Jesse Brock via unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Mike Wessel def. Alexei Kudin via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez
Final Result: The fight is off. Shamhalaev has food poisoning and commission saw him vomiting backstage
125 lbs.: Jessica Eye vs. Zoila Gurgel
Round one: Both ladies come out swinging and Eye drops Gurgel in the opening 10 seconds! Eye swarms here and Gurgel recovers. Eye grabs a body lock and has Gurgel wrapped up in a standing arm triangle. She's got Gurgel wrapped up tight and Gurgel's arm goes limp. Gurgel is out cold standing! Eye drops her down in a heap and it's all over! Holy crap!
Final Result: Jessica Eye defeats Zoila Gurgel via technical submission (standing arm triangle choke):
135 lbs.: Zach Makovsky vs. Anthony Leone
Round one: Makovsky opens in the southpaw stance and Leone starts with some jabs. Big kick from Makovsky and he hasn't shot in for a takedown yet after the first minute. Outside leg kick from Makovsky and he wades in with some hooks but eats a counter shot to back him off. Makovsky grabs a single leg, turns the corner and puts Leone on his back but Leone scrambles back to his feet as Makovsky tried to pass guard too aggressively. Head kick from Makovsky and a spinning back fist but they don't connect clean. Makovsky grabs another single leg but he gives up on it after Leone threatens a guillotine. Leone presses forward with his strikingg and tries to swarm Makovsky but it held off with a takedown attempt. Makovsky throws a knee in the clinch but Leone is the aggressor right now, constantly pressing forward. 10-9 Leone
Round two: Makovsky lands a kick and Leone again threatens with a guillotine choke. Leone presses forward with a body lock, pushing Makovsky into the fence and throwing a few short knees to the thigh. Makovsky reverses him briefly and scores a takedown but Leone pops back to his feet. Now Leone shoots in for a takedown but Makovsky wraps up his neck and briefly threatens to take his back. Makovsky sits back but Leone slips free. Leone takes top position as Makovsky has butterfly guard. Makovsky throws up a triangle but to no avail and instead reverses the position with a takedown. Leone fends him off with a heel hook and Makovsky lands a left hand and body kick as time expires. 10-9 Leone
Round three: Leone presses the action and he's got a guillotine choke, remaining in top position on the ground. He gives up on it and Makovsky grabs a leg, threatening a heel hook but instead shoots in for a takedown. Leone turns the tides and puts Makovsky on his back, advancing to half guard. Leone passes to north/south but Makovsky scrambles back to his feet. Leone works for another takedown and Makovsky latches onto a guillotine and drops to his back but Leone pops free again. Leone is on top in side control and he rides out in top position until the end of the round. 10-9 Leone
Final Result: Anthony Leone defeats Zach Makovsky via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)