According to Bjorn Rebney, he spoke too soon in saying that the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Finals between Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev would be rescheduled for this week’s Bellator 84. The two were slated to meet last week, but Shamhalaev came down with a case of food poisoning, prompting a cancellation. According to the CEO, Martinez will be unable to compete at the event due to obligations to his sick father. The featherweight tournament will come to an end during the eighth season.
Martinez (14-2) is on a four-fight win-streak, making his way to the tournament finals with victories over Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano. Shamhalaev (11-1) has been unstoppable in Bellator run. Making his debut for the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament, the Russian bashed his way into the finals with back-to-back TKO wins over Cody Bollinger and Mike Richman.
Rebney and company have yet to announce when the bout will officially take place, but it will be happening on Spike TV in 2013.