The Bellator MMA Featherweight Tournament Finals will conclude on February 21 when Rad Martinez takes on Shahbulat Shamhalaev at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The winner will receive $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot on Spike TV.
The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. MST on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. MST. Tickets for the event start as low as $40 and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com, and the Maverik Center Box Office.
Martinez is a Utah native and is riding a five fight winning streak coming into this fight against Shamhalaev and wants to perform well in his home state.
“To have the opportunity to fight in Salt Lake City for the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Championship is just a dream come true,” Martinez said. “Utah has a great base of MMA fans, but we’ve never had a big MMA promotion come to Salt Lake City, so it’s a great honor to be headlining Utah’s first large scale MMA event.”
“Shamhalaev is incredibly quick and versatile, and brings a lot of things to the table, so I know I have my work cut out for me,” Martinez said. “Fans know that any time I step into the cage you can expect a war, and nothing will change for this fight.”
“A fight between Rad and Shahbulat would be special anywhere you put it,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “But to have the opportunity to make this fight happen in Salt Lake City with the ties Rad has to Utah is an incredible opportunity we couldn’t pass up. It’s been a long time coming, but February 21st is shaping up to be a huge night of fights.”
The event will also feature the official Bellator debut of “King Mo” Lawal in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament. MMA veterans Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Seth Petruzelli will also be featured on the event.