Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (April 4, 2013) at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a featherweight title fight and a pair of tournament finals.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 95 below, beginning with the Spike TV telecast at 10 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 7:15 p.m. ET), as well as a live stream of the preliminary action.
Headlining the main event will be a Bellator featherweight title fight between champion Pat Curran and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Curran is coming off his first successful title defense, defeating Patricio Freire this past January in the first event of the promotion's eighth season. Shamhalaev stepped up on short notice to fight for the belt just six weeks after earning his title shot after becoming the season seven featherweight tournament winner.
Also on tap is a featherweight tournament final between Frodo Khasbulaev and Mike Richman. Both men have looked impressive but it's been Khasbulaev who's dropped some jaws in the tournament and is coming off a tremendous victory over Marlon Sandro in the semifinals. The winner will potentially get a shot at the Curran-Shamhalaev winner down the road depending on the nature of Daniel Straus' injury and legal situation.
Complete Bellator 95 quick results, live online video stream and main card play-by-play are posted below:
145 lb. title: Pat Curran def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev via technical submission (guillotine) at 2:38 of round one
145 lbs.: Frodo Khasbulaev def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Doug Marshall def. Brett Cooper via knockout at 3:39 of round one
170 lbs.: Rick Hawn def. Karo Parisyan via knockout at 1:55 of round two
205 lbs.: Liam McGeary def. Anton Talamante via TKO at 1:18 of round one
145 lbs.: Kevin Roddy def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (armbar) at 1:04 of round two
145 lbs.: Will Martinez def. Michael Hess via knockout at 4:15 of round one
140 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Phillipe Nover vs. Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Tom DeBlass def. Calos Brooks via TKO at 5:00 of round two
170 lbs.: Sam Oropeza def. Shedrick Goodridge via TKO at 4:22 of round two
170 lbs.: Lyman Good def. Dante Rivera via unanimous decision
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145 lb. title: Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev
Round one: Leg kick from Shamhalaev to get things started and Curran responds with a body kick. Both men are showing a lot of respect for each other and Curran just misses with a front kick to the chin. Good head kick from Curran and Shamhalaev responds with an outside leg kick. Curran shoots in for a takedown and dives on a guillotine choke with an incredibly slick transition. That was incredible!
Final Result: Pat Curran defeats Shahbulat Shamhalaev via technical submission (guillotine) at 2:38 of round one
145 lbs.: Frodo Khasbulaev vs. Mike Richman
Round one: Khasbulaev opens with a nice right hand and puts the pressure on Richman, backing him off with a body kick and forward movement. Richman pops a right jab and Khasbulaev responds with a heavy spinning back kick to the side. Right jab from Richman and Khasbulaev shoots for a takedown but gets denied with ease. Left jab from Richman and Khasbulaev responds with a heavy body kick. Heavy shot from Richman and Khasbulaev works for a takedown but gives up on it along the fence. Good right hand over the top from Khasbulaev and a clubbing right, then a left. Richman backs off but he seems fine. The right is continuing to find a home for Khasbulaev and Richman needs to be a bit more careful. Good combinations from Khasbulaev and he lands a body kick to finish off each combo. Push kick from Khasbulaev and he works a great combination with an inside leg kick and a right hand. Richman is bleeding now. Head kick from Khasbulaev grazes Richman and the round finishes. 10-9 Khasbulaev
Round two: Good left from Richman catches Khasbulaev coming in but the Russian responds with that lead right. Another good left from Richman and Khasbulaev is cut near his right eye. Khasbulaev throws a right hand and then shoots in for a takedown, putting Richmanon his back, but he can't keep him there and Richman escapes to his feet at the midway point of the fight. Khasbulaev ducks a head kick and works for a single leg but can't get it and instead works some strikes along the fence. Both men exchanging strikes and Richman stuffs a takedown attempt, dropping big hammer fists and taking top position. Khasbulaev is bleeding heavily now and there's a cut near both eyes. Richman lets Khasbulaev to his feet at the end of the round. 10-9 Richman
Round three: Khasbulaev opens aggressively but he's not landing as consistently as he was at the beginning of the fight. Takedown attempt from Khasbulaev and Richman fends him off along the fence but Khasbulaev works him to the canvas. Richman escapes to his feet and they reset in the cage center. Khasbulaev is repeating his lead left hook and Richman seems like he's caught onto his timing, landing a body shot and working a right of his own. Good uppercut from Khasbulaev but Richman responds with a combination and is trying to work straight shot. Nice left hand from Richman snaps Khasbulaev's head back. Knee from Richman but Khasbulaev uses it to take him down although he pops right back to his feet. Richman steps forward with another big combination and Khasbulaev closes the distance. Good right hands from both men and they trade all the way to the final bell. Damn that was a close third round. 10-9 Richman
Final Result: Frodo Khasbulaev defeats Mike Richman via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
185 lbs.: Brett Cooper vs. Doug Marshall
Round one: Heavy combination from Marshall to get things started and then a leg kick. Huge right hand from Marshall and Cooper fires back with a combination of his own. They trade kicks and Cooper whiffs with an uppercut before shooting in for a takedown and dumping Marshall on his back. Cooper is on top in half guard and Marshall is hanging on trying to force a stand-up. Left hands from Cooper and Marshall escapes back to his feet but he's stuck against the fence in the clinch. Cooper changes levels looking for a takedown and he slams Marshall to the ground again. Cooper is really grinding Marshall out but Marshall works back to his feet and he lands a right elbow to create some separation before stepping in with a MONSTROUS right hand that drops Cooper like a sack of potatoes. One more blow on the ground and it's all over. Wow that was nasty!
Final Result: Doug Marshall defeats Brett Cooper via knockout at 3:39 of round one
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan vs. Rick Hawn
Round one: Both men are taking it a bit easy and they clinch but neither lands a throw. Low blow from Hawn and they take a break. Parisyan catches a kick and puts pressure on Hawn but can't land anything really significant. Good right hand connects for Hawn but he can't follow up. Parisyan throws a low kick and it clips the groin. They continue taking it easy but with 10 seconds left in the round Hawn lands a head kick and follows up with heavy shots along the fence but can't finish the fight before the bell sounds. 10-9 Hawn
Round two: Parisyan steps forward with a head kick but Hawn blocks it. Good left hand from Hawn and then another. He's pawing with his left jab looking for an opening to set something bigger up and he blasts Parisyan with a HUGE right and Parisyan is in big trouble! Parisyan is wobbled and Hawn follows up with short uppercuts on the inside and Parisyan drops to the canvas as the ref steps in and puts a stop to it. Great finish there for Hawn.
Final Result: Rick Hawn defeats Karo Parisyan via knockout at 1:55 of round two