Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro
We’ll head to the featherweight division for a bout between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Fabricio Guerreiro. Guerreiro missed weight on Friday, making this a catch-weight contest now.
Shamhalaev (12-2-1) had his six-fight win streak and 11-bout unbeaten streak snapped by current champion Pat Curran in 2013 via submission. Guerreiro (19-3) is 2-2 in his last four, including a loss last October to Patricio Freire.
Round 1: Shamhalaev working the kicks early, trying to set up his knockout punch. Guerreiro with an overhand right that misses and just a glancing blow with a left. Shamhalaev rips off a head kick that nearly lands to the chin. Shamhalaev gets in deep on a single-leg and Guerreiro fights it off with shots to the head. He’s working for a potential submission with two minutes to go, holding on to a switch before grabbing the wrist. He drops for a kimura and yanks. Guerreiro moves to the mount with the armlock and he forces Shamhalaev to tap. The ref was in a bad position and Shamhalaev had to be in the hold for an extended period of time.
Fabricio Guerreiro def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev via submission (kimura) at 3:29 of Round 1