Curran dominates, while Marshall, Frodo win respected Bellator tourneys

The final results are in for Bellator MMA live from Revel in Atlantic City on April 4. The event featured the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Championship where Doug Marshall defeated Brett Cooper with an explosive TKO (punches) in the first round.

Frodo Khasbulaev won the Bellator Lightweight Tournament Championship by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in a tough battle against Mike Richman. Marshall and Khasbulaev each earned a $100,000 tournament prize and a guaranteed title shot.

The night also showcased the Featherweight World Championship with Pat Curran defending his title, beating Shahbulat Shamhalaevvia submission (guillotine choke) in the first round.

Featherweight WorldTitle Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) defeats Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:38.

Pat Curran
“Thanks for Shahbulat and taking the fight on short notice.This was a big opportunity for him and I thank him for stepping up to the fight. Thank you Bjorn and Bellator for keeping me busy in the cage and continuing to allow me to develop as a fighter.”

Shahbulat Shamhalaev

“I am sorry Bellator, just this one time. I am sorry for disappointing fans around the world who were cheering for. I am going to get back in the gym and work on it and I will be back.”

Featherweight Tournament Final Fight: Frodo Khasbulaev (21-5) defeats Mike Richman (15-3)via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27,30-27).

Frodo Khasbulaev

“First of all I thank all of my fans and who were rooting for me. Thank you Bjorn and Bellator for giving me this chance. I want to thank my manager, my team and my coaches for all of their work in preparing for this fight. Also, I want to thank my opponent for putting on a good show today.”

Mike Richman

“Obviously tonight didn’t go as I had planned. I thought the fight was a lot closer than the decision. It was a super tough fight and there were a couple movements and positioning that kept me away from winning the fight. Thank you Bellator and my fans for cheering for me and hopefully I’ll be back fighting again soon.”

Middleweight Tournament Final Fight: Doug Marshall (18-6) defeats Brett Cooper (19-8) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:39.

Doug Marshall
“Thank you Bjorn and Bellator for having me. When I entered this tournament I was the dark horse and now I am $100,000 richer and I have a title shot coming. I am really looking forward to the fight against Alexander.Thank you very much for this opportunity.”

Welterweight Feature Fight: Rick Hawn (15-2) defeats Karo Parisyan (22-10-1) via KO (strikes) –Round 2, 1:55.

Rick Hawn

“Thank you Karo for taking this fight and it has been a longtime coming.  I respect him as a fighter and this wasn’t an easy fight. I am happy to get the win and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Karo Parisyan

“I don’t want to make any excuses. This is the fourth time Bellator has given me a shot. I felt obligated to take the fight, but I felt like I was in the right place to take it. He is a great competitor and I respect him as an athlete. Hopefully I will be back and I can prove myself one more time.”

:Lyman Good (15-3) defeats Dante Rivera (15-7) via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27).
Catchweight (173lbs.): Sam Oropeza (8-2) defeats Shedrick Goodridge (3-5) via TKO (strikes) –Round 2, 4:22.
Catchweight: (188lbs.): Tom DeBlass (8-2) defeats Carlos Brooks (4-3) via doctor stoppage –Round 2, 5:00.
Lightweight: Phillipe Nover (8-5) defeats Darrell Horcher (7-1) via unanimous decision(29-28,30-27,30-27).
Catchweight: (140lbs.): Jimmie Rivera (12-1) defeats Brian Kelleher (8-4) via unanimous decision(30-27, 29-28,29-28).
Featherweight:Will Martinez (6-2) defeats Brent Hess (3-2) via KO (punches) – Round 1, 4:15.
Featherweight: Kevin Roddy (13-14) defeats Brylan Van Artsdalen (7-6) via submission (armbar) –Round 2, 1:04.
Light Heavyweight:Liam McGeary (4-0) defeats Anton Talamantes (5-4) via TKO (elbows and punches)– Round 1, 1:18.


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