Things took a strange turn in the Caesar’s Hotel & Casino tonight as Bellator 83 took over their venue. It would seem that the promotion will have to wait another week to crown their Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Champion. Shahbulat Shamhalaev seems to have come down with a case of food poisoning, forcing him out of the bout.
Despite the Russian’s wishes, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board would not let him compete, as he has spent much of the day vomiting.
Martinez and Shamhalaev will now meet at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana next week at Bellator 84.