Martinez has recorded back-to-back decision wins over Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano to earn his way into the finals of the eight man tournament. Shamhalaev has taken a more destructive path to the finals with consecutive first round knockouts of Cody Bollinger and Mike Richman.
Caesars Atlantic City plays host to Bellator 83 on Friday, December 7th. The main card kicks off at 7:00pm ET on MTV 2 which is an hour earlier than their normal broadcast time. Spike.com will stream the preliminary card beginning at 6:00pm ET.
Bellator 83 Results
Mike Wessel defeated Alexei Kudin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Jimmie Rivera defeated Jesse Brock by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Darrell Horcher vs. Chris Liguori
Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Terrell Hobbs
Tuan Pham vs. Matthew Lozano
Bo Harris vs. Claudio Ledesma
Jessica Eye defeated Zoila Gurgel by head-and-arm choke submission at 0:58 of the first round. It was an impressive performance from Eye who dropped Gurgel in the opening moments of the fight. Gurgel was able to get back to her feet but was immediately swarmed by Eye who looked to take her back. Eye was able to lock on a standing choke and Gurgel did not tap as the bout ended with a technical submission.
Anthony Leone defeated Zach Makovsky by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). The tough Leone earned a hard fought win over the former bantamweight champion.
Rad Martinez vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev – Bjorn Rebney announced that Shamhalaev was suffering from food poisoning and would not be allowed to fight. The bout has been postponed until next week at Bellator 84.