Main event time ya’ll!!!
Featherweight Tournament Championship Bout
Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs Rad Martinez
Round 1. Shamhalaev had to shave his head to make weight yesterday. That didn’t help, so he kept at it and eventually got it. Let’s see if Martinez can put Shamhalaev’s difficult weight cut to good use in this bout. The Utah crowd is booing the living piss out of Shamhalaev. Shamhalaev takes the center of the cage and Martinez is circling. And here we go again with these damn USA chants. Nice outside kick by Shamhalaev, Martinez didn’t check it. Martinez keeps circling, these guys are fighting cautiously. Another leg kick by Shamhalaev. Martinez throws a kick and Shamhalaev catches it and lands a nice left on his way down. Shamhalaev jumped on him but Martinez jumped to his feet extremely fast. Didn’t give Shamhalaev a chance to pounce. Martinez lands a nice lead right hand. They exchange kicks, Shamhalaev’s lands, Martinez came up short. Martinez leaps in on a single leg and gets it. The crowd erupts. The crowd is cheering Martinez on, as Martinez is from Utah. Shamhalaev is struggling to get back up but Martinez doing an awesome job of smashing Shamhalaev against the fence. Shamhalaev tries to wall walk and Martinez is trying take Shamhalaev back down but the bell rings before.
Fightline gives round 1 to Martinez 10-9.
Round 2. Outside kick by Martinez, lands softly. Answered by a harder Shamhalaev. Nice right hand by Shamhalaev, Martinez took it well. Martinez is patiently waiting to shoot in again. Martinez fakes a shot and throws a right hand. Right head kick by Shamhalave lands cleanly, Martinez is stumbling around the cage trying to get his legs back and Shamhalaev is chasing him. Shamhalaev backs off and it looks like Martinez is recovering. Shamhalaev lands a big right hand and Martinez falls straight back totally out as his head smacks off the canvas. Shamhalaev jumps on him to land a hammer fist right before the ref jumps in. Shamhalaev never let Martinez off the hook, he patiently waited to land that fight finishing over hand right. Shahbulat Shamhalaev wins the season seven featherweight tourney, all by KO and $100K!! Curran or Strauss have their work cut out for them.
Official Results: Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeats Rad Martinez by KO at 2:12 of round 2.