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Rad Martinez Relying On Ground Game To Stop Shahbulat Shamhalaev

Rad Martinez plans to test Shahbulat Shamhalaev’s ground game when the two meet in the finals of the Season 7 featherweight tournament. The winner of that contest gets the next Bellator championship shot.

“We don’t know much because all the tapes we’ve seen, he knocks people out,” said Martinez on MMA Junkie Radio. “I haven’t seen him on the ground, so hopefully that will be an advantage for me, if I get him on his back.”

Martinez took a pair of decision wins to make it to the finals. Shamhalaev stopped his two challengers in the first round. Both are making their first appearance in a Bellator tournament.

The two headline Bellator 90 this Thursday, February 21, from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Spike TV airs the main card live at 10 p.m.