Bellator 76 to Feature Featherweight Tournament

When Bellator 76 takes place October 12 at Caesar Widsor Resort and Casino the focus will not solely rest on the main event between departing lightweight Eddie Alvarez and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Bellator has announced that the card will feature the Season 7 featherweight tournament’s opening round, featuring a mix of newcomers and Bellator veterans.

Highlighting the tournament bracket will be Rad Martinez taking on tournament veteran Nazereno Malegarie. Martinez will be making his tournament debut with the promotion after to wins in non-tournament bouts with the promotion. The Utah native was profiled by ESPN about his relationship with his disabled father in a segment called “The Promise.” Martinez will now look to make a name for himself in the cage against a tough opponent in Malegarie.

Also in the field is Armenian fighter Akop Stepanyan taking on former WEC-standout Wagney Fabianno (who is returning to MMA action after a 2010 loss to Joe Benavidez at WEC 52), Mike Richman meets Jeremy Spoon, and Dagestani fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev will square off with Cody Bollinger.

Bellator 76′s main card will air live on MTV2 with the preliminary card airing on Spike.com.

Bellator 76 Lineup:

  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire
  • Season 7 Featherweight Quarterfinal:Rad Martinez vs. Nazereno Malegarie
  • Season 7 Featherweight Quarterfinal: Akop Stepanyan vs. Wagney Fabianno
  • Season 7 Featherweight Quarterfinal: Mike Richman vs. Jeremy Spoon
  • Season 7 Featherweight Quarterfinal:Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Cody Bollinger